It seems Yamaha has finally gotten rid of everything that made them what they were. Rossi, Furusawa, and Burgess are gone, but Yamaha just announced today that Brivio (Yamaha team boss since 2002) is being replaced.
2012 will be an interesting year.
Just to clarify, although Furusawa is forced to retire due to mandatory retirement age laws in Japan, Yamaha is not terminating his services nor is he ready to quit his involvement with racing. All reports point to him continuing his role in Yamaha under the a new title as a consultant/advisor. - crash.net
Brivio although by title was "Team Manager" on Rossi's side of the Garage (not Team Boss?) The reality is he was Rossi's personal manager & liaison with Yamaha. How will his departure affect development of the M1? I don't know but I would hazard a guess minimal.
I think the term 'gotten rid' is inaccurate
- Furusawa is being retained,
- Burguess has chosen a new challenge with Rossi are Ducati
- Brivio has chosen a new challenge exclusively managing riders
- Only Rossi can claim to have been given the cold shoulder/and even that is a dubious claim seeing how much respect/affection Furusawa has for him.
I also want to point out that what made Yamaha change course was not only a change in rider (Rossi) and Mechanics (Burgess + team) but a fundamental change in the Factory as well. Yamaha racing division increased their in-house man power by two fold the year Rossi joined and deverted a lot of funds to the project (similar to Ducati deverting WSBK efforts to MotoGP). They also increased there partnership with Toyato racing and gained valuable information from Toyotas F1 racing expertise. That brain trust is still intact and will contiue to be involved in developing the M1. Although there is one person sitting on top of the bike there is a VAST team of people behind the effort that create the bike the rider is sitting on. I say this NOT as a Rossi detractor or a Yamaha fan but as someone that is often in the back end developing equipment that often goes unoticed by the general public.
2011 + 2012 will be very intersting adjustments for Yamaha, Honda, Ducati and all top riders for various reasons.