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Rossi and Burgess: The Yamaha era

Rossi and Burgess: The Yamaha era

In a special interview conducted over the Indianapolis weekend the reigning World Champion and his crew chief discuss their highly successful stint with the Japanese factory, which will come to a close with the current season.

Valentino Rossi’s departure for Ducati in 2011 brings to an end a highly successful seven-year spell with Yamaha, and in the attached feature video the Italian and his crew chief Jeremy Burgess discuss their reign with the Japanese factory.

The pair go into great detail about their time with Yamaha from the initial decision to make the switch from Honda, the first race, the subsequent highs and lows of winning four Championships and missing out on others, right up to the present season in which Rossi has had to deal with his injury sustained at Mugello.

Starting at the very beginning and discussing the decision to move to Yamaha, Rossi said: “I think it was one of the most brilliant ideas of my life. In four years together with Jeremy we had already won three Championships, but we were looking for a new challenge. At that time Yamaha had a lot of problems with the M1, it did not look competitive enough to win races. So after a long think I decided to try this new challenge.”

“Everybody had an extra motivation to try to win the first race and after a great battle the first victory arrived so I think it was the best race of my career,” he adds on his win at Welkom in his debut race on the M1.

From there the duo discuss their time at Yamaha, right up to the present, and you can see the in-depth interview once again in the attached video.

MotoGP, 2010, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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