Ben Spies has signed a deal to go to MotoGP with Tech3 Yamaha. They said it would never happen.
There has been so much speculation around Ben Spies' future. Will he stay in WSB or move to MotoGP? Our reliable source has always maintained he'd be in MotoGP for 2010 and that's now been confirmed by Yamaha.
In an official press release, Yamaha have said that Edwards has agreed a new one-year contract after the Texan produced the best form of his MotoGP career during 2009, including a stunning second place in the British MotoGP at Donington Park.The 35-year-old has featured in the top seven in ten out of 13 races so far and he's still firmly in contention for a top five world championship placing.Joining the vastly experienced Edwards will be fellow Texan Spies. The 25-year-old joins the Tech 3 squad with outstanding credentials h aving enjoyed phenomenal success on board Yamaha's R1 machine in the World Superbike championship.Winner of 12 out of 24 races so far with nine pole positions, Spies is already ranked in the top 15 World Superbike riders in history. That's an impressive stat.
Herve Poncharal, Team Manager for Tech Trois Yamaha (or should that be Texas Trois Yamah - Ed?) spoke about the announcement to the press:
“I am delighted that Colin will remain with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in 2010. He has proved once again in 2009 that he remains one of the world's best riders and he is a tremendous asset for Tech 3, Yamaha and Monster. Colin has been an integral part of our recent success and his dedication and impressive performances mean his new contract is thoroughly deserved.
"It also gives me great pleasure to welcome Ben to Tech 3. It's a very exciting prospect having a rider of Ben's calibre join our team. Everybody is aware that he is a rider with incredible talent and huge potential, which he has proved with some outstanding performances for Yamaha in World Superbikes this season. And I have no doubt that together with Tech 3, Yamaha and Monster that Ben will be a big success in 2010 in MotoGP.
"Colin and Ben together means Tech 3 will arguably field its strongest ever line-up and everybody in the team can look forward to 2010 with tremendous excitement and optimism.
"Finally I would also like to thank James Toseland. He has been one of the most determined and dedicated riders ever to work with Tech 3. I have nothing but admiration for James and it has been a privilege working with him. I wish him all the best for the future.”
So that's it then. Done and dusted. We predicted Spies would make ths switch to MotoGP, but even our paddock source can't tell us how well he's going to do! We can't wait to see Spies on the grid.
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