Britain's Cal Crutchlow has re-signed for the Monster Yamaha MotoGP team and will partner Bradley Smith in an all-British squad next season.
The Coventry man, who said on Thursday night he would look at a return to World Superbikes if he couldn't find a good deal in the premier class next year, put pen to paper for a year's extension to his contract.
“I am delighted to commit my future to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team for at least one more year. Together we have made huge progress this season and achieved some strong results and I am confident we can be even more competitive in 2013. Yamaha and Monster have been very loyal to me over a long period of time and they both made it clear how much they wanted to keep me for next year," said Crutchlow.
"That was incredibly flattering and I really appreciate their support. Next year will be my fifth with Yamaha and I am excited to continue my MotoGP career with them. My relationship with Tech 3 also played a big part in my decision. Herve Poncharal and all my crew have given me unbelievable backing since I joined in 2011. Yamaha put together a great package for 2012 and next year it will be even stronger. Hopefully I can reward their loyalty by challenging for the podium throughout 2013, which I know we are capable of.”