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By Yamaha Motor Racing

Viñales and Yamaha split with crew chief by mutual consent

Esteban Garcia has left the team ahead of the Catalan GP, with Rossi’s former crew chief Silvano Galbusera now joining the Spaniard

Following the Oakley Italian Grand Prix, Esteban Garcia and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team have mutually agreed to end their working relationship with immediate effect. Silvano Galbusera, Valentino Rossi’s (Petronas Yamaha SRT) former crew chief, will take over the role of crew chief for Maverick Viñales for the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP™ season.


Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team members have taken the opportunity to thank Garcia for the time they spent working together and wish him all the best for the future.

Massimo Meregalli, Team Director: “Esteban joined our team in 2019. He and Maverick had already worked together before in 2013 and won the Moto3 World Championship that year. We are very grateful to Esteban for his dedication and passion during our time spent together, which led to eleven podiums for Maverick, including four wins, three second places, and four third places. Saying ’Goodbye‘ to one of our crew members is always a sad occasion, but it was a mutual decision based on what‘s best for both parties. We wish Esteban all the best for the future.”

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