Ben Spies has finally admitted he will be Valentino Rossi's replacement at the factory Yamaha team next season, with official confirmation due to be made during this weekend's Indianapolis MotoGP round.

"You know, it's one of those worst kept secret things, but it will be coming out in the next couple of days," Spies told the official MotoGP website on Thursday.

"There will be an announcement and I look forward to next year for sure, it's going to be good!"

Spies is the leading rookie and satellite rider, holding seventh in the world championship, and is also the only rookie or satellite rider to take a podium finish so far this season, courtesy of his third place for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 at Silverstone.

The Texan already had a MotoGP contract with Yamaha for 2011 - it was only the team that needed to be decided and Rossi's decision to join Ducati paved the way for the World Superbike champion's promotion.

Spies will ride alongside MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo is yet to officially re-sign for Yamaha, but with Honda securing Casey Stoner and Rossi heading for Ducati, the Spaniard is sure to stay.

Spies could be replaced at Tech 3 by Yamaha World Superbike rider Cal Crutchlow - and the French team might even have two new riders with Colin Edwards yet to confirm his plans.

As well as confirmation on Spies' future - and possibly Lorenzo's - this weekend could also see Ducati confirm that Nicky Hayden will be Rossi's 2011 team-mate.


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