Tech 3 Yamaha have confirmed that Colin Edwards will be retained for 2010 alongside new signing Ben Spies.
Edwards had strongly hinted that he had extended his deal with the team recently, and this was confirmed today shortly after Yamaha announced Spies' early move from World Superbikes.
Team boss Herve Poncharal said Edwards – whose long-term future had been uncertain at the start of the year – had proved invaluable to the squad. The 35-year-old American is currently sixth in the MotoGP standings and has been the strongest satellite team rider for much of the season.
"I am delighted that Colin will remain with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in 2010," said Poncharal. "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."
Edwards joined Tech 3 last year after losing his factory Yamaha seat to Jorge Lorenzo. Confirmation of his and Spies' new deals meant the end of Toseland's MotoGP stint, with the Briton returning to World Superbikes in 2010.
"I would also like to thank James Toseland," said Poncharal. "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."
Poncharal added that he was looking forward to Superbike star Spies' arrival.
"It's a very exciting prospect having a rider of Ben's caliber join our team," he said. "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.
"Colin and Ben together means Tech 3 will arguably field its strongest-ever lineup and everybody in the team can look forward to 2010 with tremendous excitement and optimism."