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Matthew Birt  says:

Engine upgrade vital for Yamaha, says Jerry Burgess

Yamaha’s domination of the 800cc MotoGP era could end in 2011 unless major improvements are made to the performance of its factory YZR-M1 engine. Valentino Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess reckons the Japanese factory will need to improve horsepower and acceleration to have a chance of winning the last 800cc crown in the face of stiff competition from Ducati and...

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Mar 09

Posts: 5271

Nostrodamus says:

More cheap shots from Jerry

"so for the first time perhaps not having Valentino on song for the whole year is already starting to hurt the development of the Yamaha. " 

We're talking about engine performance here no? Jorge has expressed his concern and has for most of the year as well about acceleration. As far as I was aware Rossi did the riding, not the engine development.

I'm sure Burgess has more pressing issues than worrying about Yamaha's engine performance.

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Aug 09

Posts: 73

alisdairm says:


Can you provide a source for this statement?

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Jun 10

Posts: 49

tamounga says:

Has always lacked power

Couldn't agree more with Nostradamus!

It is no secret that Yamaha has been lacking in engine power since the begining of the 800cc era. Where was Rossi for the past 4 years then? One of Yamaha's advantages over their rivals has always been the management of the engine power. Now that the other manafacturers have caught up in that aspect, Yamaha can no longer make up that difference in power.  

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

Shut up JB

Having Rossi there or not means fuck all to improving horsepower and acceleration.

Riders don't bench test engines or make engine upgrades - that's what the engineers at the factory do. All Jorge can do is ask for an improvement which has already done.

Jerry knows who his golden goose is and never waste an opportunity to stroke Rossi's ego. What about that "80/20" rule that you spoke on JB? Seems to me if that was the case you and the crew wouldn't be in Bologna redesigning the chassis of the Ducati now would you? If that was the case Rossi wouldn't have been struggling to stay out of last place at the Valencia test. Mind your own business and worry about what Ducati needs to do and not Yamaha!

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Mar 09

Posts: 490

SV659Nut says:

Jerry Burgess who?...

Mr Burgess has lost a bit of credibility since he didn't fix the Duc front end issue in 80 seconds as he stated before being responsible to do so.

As others have said below, he needs to mind his own business, which is now coated in red paint.

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Aug 02

Posts: 591

winger says:

Calm down boys it's a game,it's all hands to pump at Ducati,and GB is doing his bit.

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Mar 07

Posts: 102

Evs7 says:

It is all mind games

The Yamaha is probably the most balanced bike on the grid, Lots of riders have mentioned that it has a great agility and that is is probably the easiest to ride out of the prototypes. JB could be making comments in a hope that Yamaha might fall into a similar trap as 2006, when they boosted the performance of the engine and encountered a number of issues including front end chatter. It is just mind games people relax it happens in every sport. With boxers telling us they will knock people out in the first round, football managers telling us players are injured and that they certainly won't be playing. Just a bit of psychology and it all adds a bit of spice to what is looking like it could be an amazing end to the 800cc era.

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Aug 02

Posts: 239

Biker4751 says:

As Jerry probably knows. . .

When the flag drops the bullsh$t stops.

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Aug 10

Posts: 22

panmanPete says:

Smoke and mirrors

Bluff and counter bluff, competitors always try to mislead and distract rivals - just as 'Evs7' said. 

What is unusual here, is that Jerry Burgess is now doing it!!

Perhaps because Rossi is still gagged from making press comments until 31st December by the Yamaha agreements he signed, he is simply filtering them out through Jerry (using him as his mouthpiece). Its a shame, as I always believed Jerry to be straight and above this sort of thing.

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Dec 10

Posts: 44

vonich says:


Think what JB trying to say here is that since JB and rossi both moved to ducati the development of the M1 will stop or will suffer in the hands of JL and his crew chief.

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