Crutchlow remains with Yamaha

Cal Crutchlow will remain with the Tech 3 Yamaha team in 2013 to form an all-British rider line-up with Bradley Smith.

MotoGP News: Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Crutchlow, 26, was heavily fancied to make the switch to Ducati after an impressive second season in MotoGP, but Andrea Dovizioso, his current team-mate, was confirmed as the Italian manufacturer's replacement for Valentino Rossi earlier this week.

Rossi's return to Yamaha also scuppered Crutchlow's chances of making the step up to their factory squad, and he has now elected to agree a one-year extension with the Tech 3 satellite team.

Oxford racer Smith, 21, will step up from the Moto2 class on a two-year contract, a deal that was confirmed at the end of 2011.

Crutchlow, who is fifth in this year's championship, said: "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 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. 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. (Team boss) 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."

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