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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi splits with crew chief Jerry Burgess

Valentino Rossi dropped a bombshell during the pre-event press conference for this weekend’s Valencia MotoGP clash in Spain by confirming he will split with legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess for 2014. Burgess was informed of Rossi’s decision to replace him in a meeting this morning, ending their long and successful relationship together. Burgess has worked with Rossi throughout his entire MotoGP career...

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  • Posted 296 days ago (07 November 2013 17:21)

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Nov 13

Posts: 9

Vale 2015 ??

Nostrodamus says:


 "A man with his track record and lust for winning can't be enjoying his current status much."




As much as i would like to disagree with you ,but i think you're right  :(





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Sep 10

Posts: 31


I think JB has had enough! I think he has told Vale to tell the media that he (Vale) has made the choice to look for a new direction out of respect for Vale! If Vale wins a couple in 2014 then you may see him at Suzuki for a year (2015). But where you will see him is as the team manager for Apriia MotoGP 2016! Subject to a Biaggi cap in the team truck or a pair of Melandri's socks!

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Sep 11

Posts: 2284

YamahaGYTR says:

This comes a big surprise there was always the thinking when Vale hangs up his leathers JB will retire with him. These next few days will be interesting to know who the new crew chief will be on the Rossi side of the Yamaha garage even more interesting where will JB end up maybe a return to old pastures at HRC where he spent much of his time maybe working with another ex champ Hayden know that would be something.

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Jun 11

Posts: 2545

PaceyCasey says:


Yeah bud, the yellow stained pants you wear seemed to have drooped below one of your blinkered eyes for once......................... and caught a glimpse of daylight.  

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Aug 11

Posts: 439

ChupaChump says:

Good luck to JB...

...whatever he decides to do.  

Big step for Vale.  It didn't work out so well, last time he fancied a change...

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Oct 10

Posts: 421

racingfan99 says:

Good luck to them both. Not too big a shock, the subject has been hinted at before now. If JB does walk away at 60 and goes home to be with his wife, well there’s nothing at all wrong with that after the spectacular and unprecedented career he has enjoyed since the 70s. Has to be said that a crew chief nowadays has altered a lot, the electronics guys, the tyre guys and the shock guys are all trying to chat to the rider and JB often has seemed pushed back a bit in the garage.

VR is going faster than ever and probably thinks some new impetus somewhere can improve his 4th places. So there’s nothing wrong with that either.

They have had a massively successful partnership of winning and been the best in the world many times over. They went to Ducati, had 2 dismal years there and have come back to a competitive bike and struggled to get podiums. They are both natural born winners and the last 3 seasons will have been very hard for both of them to be racing for the lower places. Both their reputations have dipped since 2010 and it is probably a good time to try something different. Neither will be enjoying not winning. I don’t see it as JB been made a scapegoat by VR at all. It gives Rossi new motivation to challenge at the top for maybe his last season, he’s still got lightning speed and obviously thinks there’s a good chance of regularly been one of the top 3 finishers.  He has already said he’d like to stay after 2014 so maybe next season he’ll be racing for his seat. JB’s replacement could be an interesting decision. Thanks for the memories, all things come to an end.

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Aug 11

Posts: 52

Neither VR or JB have anything left to prove imo.

VR's age is now against him & part of me thinks he's looking for excuses rather than face the fact that Marquez & Lorenzo have left him behind this year - I'll be glad if VR proves me wrong next year though.

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Jul 06

Posts: 2046

buelligan272 says:


I think you will find it was a mutual decision.

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Jul 11

Posts: 1835

CHRainmaker says:

Whichever way you look at it…

 ...JB has been made to look the villiain of the piece in this respect. If it was by mutual consent, why wasn't Burgess offered the opportunity to announce the decision on an equal footing with Rossi? They've been regarded as a partnership for their entire working relationship and as such, JB should have been given the respect he deserves..


Wosi, no need to backtrack old son, sadly you nailed it with your first post..

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Apr 11

Posts: 3335

Bultoboy says:

Mutual decision?  Then why didn't he say so in his statement?

Taken at face value he makes it sound as though Burgess can no longer offer anything new in ideas to improve his pace, so he is looking to someone else to corroborate whatever these new ideas he has are. It does indeed sound like he's blaming Burgess for the lack of progress.

Wosi's 'looking deeper' culminates in Rossi's interview with the BBC in which he reputedly says Burgess can't commit to post 2014, so better to part company now. Different from what he alludes to here.

Much earlier in the season Burgess confided that he would wait and see how Rossi did this year before making a decision on next year, a year that could well see him be staying at home.

Conflicting reports all around it seems, but it isn't inconceivable that Burgess has had enough and wants to go home and there's nothing wrong with that if he does. His lifem his decision. When the passion is gone, there is no point staying.

Maybe the decision was ultimately out of Rossi's hands, but whatever the truth, his statement to the press has undertones that Burgess is no longer useful and that is not what you'd expect from one half of such a successful partnership. Or maybe it is when that half seems to blame evrything and everyone apart from himself on his lack of results since 2010.

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