'Rossi brings with him experience'
Valentino Rossi's crew chief Jerry Burgess is adamant the Italian still has something to give Yamaha as he prepares to return to his old team.
Having watched his then teammate - and soon-to-be teammate - Jorge Lorenzo win the 2010 World title, Rossi left Yamaha at the end of that season to brave a career with Ducati.
That, though, was anything but successful.
With just one grand prix left as a Ducati rider, Rossi has yet to take to the top step of the podium while claiming just three top-three results in 34 races.
It has been a disappointing spell and with time no longer on the 33-year-old's side, he has opted to return to Yamaha with whom he won three of his seven World titles.
Asked by MCN what Rossi can 'bring to Yamaha at this stage of his career,' Burgess responded: "His experience.
"Yamaha are obviously very happy with what he did for them in the past otherwise we wouldn't be in the situation we are now with the chance to go back.
"Getting a confirmation between Jorge and Valentino on development maybe prudent of Yamaha with Honda at the moment looking they have some small advantage.
"The two of them will be the most experienced group on the track, so that is going to be very important for Yamaha."
Rossi, though, is not heading over there alone as the Italian is taking Burgess, who previously worked with him at Yamaha, and the rest of his long-term racing crew.
Pressed as to whether their prior knowledge of Yamaha will make the swap a little easier, Burgess said: "I don't think the job is ever going to be easy.
"We understand how things work at Ducati and in the garage the systems and strategies are similar in all of the garages that I have worked in. I don't think there will be any real difficulties.
"We will get four tests in before we hit the track in Qatar next year. I wouldn't say it is going to be easy but it won't be any more difficult that's for sure."