James Toseland’s departure from the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team will be confirmed tomorrow (Thursday).
And MCN understands the 28-year-old will complete a straight job swap with Ben Spies with the British rider offered a factory Yamaha R1 WSB ride earlier this week.
Toseland, who has also been linked with a move to the Pramac Ducati squad, will make a swift return to World Superbikes instead having lost his YZR-M1 ride after just two years.
Current World Superbike contender Spies will move from Yamaha’s World Superbike team to join fellow Texan Colin Edwards in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad.
Confirmation of the deals will come tomorrow on the eve of Toseland’s Estoril GP weekend and Spies’ efforts to move closer to the WSB title in Magny Cours.
Toseland, who won the World Superbike title in 2004 with Ducati and again in 2007 with the Ten Kate Honda squad, said he feared he would lose his MotoGP seat to Spies.
“Yamaha have given Ben the option: if he wants to come, he can come, which means we have no British rider in MotoGP. I would be bitterly disappointed at losing my job because I believe the challenge is still do-able.
"Over the last 18 months I’ve given it my best shot, as I always do, and things haven’t gone as well as I’d have liked, “said Toseland.
For more on Toseland’s thoughts on his situation, see today’s (Wednesday) issue of MCN.