Tech 3 MotoGP rider Bradley Smith may have missed out on the chance to defend his Suzuka 8 Hours crown, but he will return to World Endurance action on August 25-27 at Oschersleben.

The Englishman is to join the YART Yamaha squad with the goal of helping them snatch the crown at the season finale, which sees nine teams still in mathematical title contention.

After securing fourth at Suzuka, the Austrian team is tied for second in the championship with SRC Kawasaki, just eight points from April Motors Events Suzuki with 35 points still to race for.

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Team manager Mandy Kainz is determined not to miss out on what would be YART's second world title, recruiting Smith to join Broc Parkes and Marvin Fritz in a final push for glory.

"I'm very excited to announce that I'm going to be racing with the YART team at the 8 Hour of Oschersleben," said Smith, ahead of this weekend's Austrian MotoGP. "I was originally in contact with Mandy a few years ago to do the Suzuka 8 Hour race but it never actually came through and then I ended up racing for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team last year.

"This year we have been in contact again and I rode the Spielberg racetrack during a two-day test with a bike supplied by Mandy and his team. We continued to keep in touch and after great performances by his team, with Broc Parkes and Marvin Fritz, they are very close to a championship win.

"It's all resting on the round in Oschersleben, so I'm proud that they have decided to choose me as a rider to help support them in the final race of the series.

"I love endurance and I loved the Suzuka 8 Hours last year so it just seemed a perfect fit and a great way to help the team finish off the job and hopefully become World Champions.

"I want to thank Monster Yamaha Tech3 for supporting me. It will be a busy five weeks for us now that the second half of the MotoGP season is about to kick off. I'm looking forward to it closing the season in a positive way!"

Kainz added: "We are very excited and proud that Bradley will join the team for the final round in Oschersleben, which will be a very important race for us.

"The results in Suzuka were great and thanks to that, and the continuous effort of the team, we are very close to winning the championship.

"With the addition of Bradley to our already strong rider line-up we are certain we will be in with a good chance to fight for the title and can't wait to get started."

Yamaha successfully defended its Suzuka 8 Hour crown with Alex Lowes taking Smith's place alongside Pol Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

Smith and Espargaro are joining KTM's new factory MotoGP team for 2017.