Yamaha has announced that Silvano Galbusera will be Valentino Rossi's new crew chief for the 2014 MotoGP season.
The appointment follows Thursday's shock announcement that Rossi would split from Jeremy Burgess, the Italian's crew chief since his 2000 premier-class debut. Rossi stated that he "needed to make a change and try something different"
as he seeks to get on terms with the MotoGP top three of Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Galbusera has most recently been Marco Melandri's World Superbike crew chief at Yamaha and BMW.
"I'd like to thank Yamaha and Valentino for this great opportunity to work close to such a multi titled, high level champion," said Galbusera. "I'm happy to be back in the Yamaha family and to have an opportunity in such a successful team that is always at the top."
Galbusera began his career in motorcycle racing in 1979 with Gilera, spending 14 years working on both road racing in the 250cc world championship with riders such as Alessandro Gramigni and Paolo Casoli and also worked off road on African Rallies such as the Paris-Dakar with Michele Rinaldi. He then moved to Cagiva in 1994 and worked in the 500cc world championship with John Kocinski.
The following year saw Galbusera arrive at Yamaha where he remained until 2011. During his time there he worked as both a crew chief and technical director in World Superbike and World Supersport, guiding riders including Troy Corser, Noriyuki Haga, Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies to multiple race wins and the 2009 World Superbike Championship title.
For 2012 and 2013 Galbusera worked with Melandri in BMW's World Superbike team.
"It's nice to welcome Silvano back to the Yamaha family," said Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli. "Having worked with him personally for ten years I have the utmost respect for his skill and technical expertise. For sure he will need some time to adjust to MotoGP but I have no doubt that he has the capability to successfully lead Valentino's crew into and through the 2014 season.
"It has been a pleasure to work with Jeremy over this last season. On behalf of Yamaha I would like to say we are indebted to him for the huge number of successes and invaluable knowledge he has contributed to Yamaha."
60-year-old Australian Burgess won a record 13 premier-class titles as a crew chief - seven with with Rossi, five with Mick Doohan and one with Wayne Gardner.
Rossi said he has no plans to change his mechanics, some of whom have worked with Burgess since the Honda days.
2014 is the last year of Rossi's current Yamaha contract. The Doctor finished fourth on his return to Yamaha this season and said he will make a decision on whether to continue in MotoGP during the early part of next year.
Preparations for 2014 start with a post-race test at Valencia from Monday to Wednesday, when Galbusera is expected to work alongside Rossi for the first time.