Yamaha is set to announce that Wataru Yoshikawa will replace Valentino Rossi while he recovers from his broken shin sustained at Mugello.
Yoshikawa, a test rider for the Yamaha factory, will ride in Rossi’s absence, starting from the next round at Assen.
41-year old Yoshikawa has won Japanese Superbike championships, and ridden in World Superbikes. In 2002 he also rode as a wildcard at the Pacific GP finishing 12th.
He will ride until Rossi’s return, scheduled for Brno on August 15.