Thursday, November 4

NEW YAMAHA TEAM MANAGER

THE Sterilgarda Yamaha World Superbike team has a new manager, 38-year-old Andrea Dosoli.

Dosoli brings a wealth of road racing experience to his new role with the team, having been chief mechanic, responsible for data acquisition, MotoGP team manager and Moto2 team manager/co-owner for the duration of the 2010 season.

He will take on the responsibility of team management with the Yamaha World Superbike Team from November 10, 2010.

Dosoli replaces lomg-serving team manager Massimo Meregalli who has been appointed manager of Yamaha's MotoGP team for 2011 following the departure of Davide Brivio to Ducati, along with Velentino Rossi and his crew.

In a formal statement, Yamaha Motor Europe said it: "wishes to express thanks and appreciation for Massimo’s loyalty, dedication and hard work with the World Superbike Team and wish him all the best in his new role with the factory MotoGP team next season.

"After several years as team manager for the Yamaha Motor Italia Supersport Team and then manager for the World Superbike Team from 2005 to 2010, Massimo Meregalli will now move across to join the Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team in 2011 in a management role.

"Massimo Meregalli’s career with the World Superbike Team reached a high in 2009, securing the World Championship title with American rider Ben Spies. Over the five year tenure under Massimo’s management the WSB team achieved an impressive 24 Superpoles, 104 podiums and 33 race wins with riders including Spies, Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser, Cal Crutchlow, Andrew Pitt and James Toseland.

"The team also secured the World Superbike Constructors’ Championship in 2008 for Yamaha."