Spies will join Lorenzo in 2011

Another worst-kept MotoGP secret comes to fruition

MOTOGP ROOKIE Ben Spies has said he will replace Valentino Rossi at the factory Yamaha team next season.

Official confirmation has yet to come from the Yamaha squad but it's expected the team will make an announcement at this weekend's Indianapolis MotoGP round. Visordown's MotoGP man suggested the move was as good as done almost a fortnight ago.

"You know, it’s one of those worst kept secret things, but it will be coming out in the next couple of days," Spies told the official MotoGP website.

"There will be an announcement and I look forward to next year for sure, it’s going to be good!"

Spies will ride alongside 2010 championship leader Jorge Lorenzo in next year's squad.

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