Ben Spies has targeted regular podium finishes after his move to Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad was confirmed in Indianapolis this morning.
The 26-year-old will join Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo after an impressive rookie campaign with the French-based Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad.
The reigning World Superbike champion will replace Ducati bound Valentino Rossi in 2011 and he said: “My first year in MotoGP has been a great learning curve and for that I have to thank Herve Poncharal, all the team at Tech 3 and especially my American mechanics who have stuck by me throughout this great journey so far.
Having previously been to only four of the ten tracks to date, I have to be pleased with where I am and with having achieved my first podium so soon.
"I'm especially pleased that Yamaha have recognised the potential in me and given me the opportunity to step up to the factory team so early in my GP career.
"I believe that by working closely with the Yamaha staff and my mechanics we will be able to help develop the M1 and make the next step of challenging for regular podiums, followed by future championships."
Spies claimed his first podium in brilliant fashion with third at Silverstone back in June and he claimed his first front row start at the last race in Brno.