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Yamaha reviewing 2010 rider options

Yamaha WSB team manager Massimo Meregalli says it is his intention to re-sign Ben Spies for at least one more World Superbike season in 2010 as part of what he hopes will be an unchanged rider line-up with Tom Sykes.

Spies enters the latter stages of his maiden world championship season well involved in the fight for the title, having slashed Noriyuki Haga's advantage in the overall standings to 14 points with ten races remaining this year.

Spies' form, which has seen him win five of the last six races, has come at a pivotal moment in the rider market, with the American reportedly being courted by a number of MotoGP and rival World Superbike teams.

Although Spies was remaining coy on the situation at the previous round of the series at Donington Park, he did reveal to Crash.net that a decision will be made soon.

For Meregalli, he is hoping Spies chooses to remain with his Yamaha team for at least one more season, regardless of whether he does go on and win this year's title at his first attempt.

“We don't know anything yet,” he told Crash.net. “We are definitely working on retaining him and I would like to work with him next year. I know that, for his career, the target is MotoGP, but I hope he will stay in World Superbikes for one more year and then move there.”

With few movements in the rider market so far this summer, much is thought to depend on Spies' decision, not least for Meregalli, who has a few riders in mind as a replacement for Spies should he need one.

Included amongst these is double WSBK champion James Toseland. It is believed Spies and Toseland could swap positions between Yamaha WSB and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3, although Toseland insists he is planning to stay where he is in MotoGP (click here).

“I don't know whether we can do a direct swap with MotoGP, but he is definitely one of the riders we have in consideration,” Meregalli continued.




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bridgestone - Unregistered

July 23, 2009 11:39 AM

toseland man.... get real. you belong in WSBK. you had youre time in motogp and it didn't work out for you. so be resonable and let spies have youre place. also spies is way better then toseland. spies will make in motogp top 5 finishes. don't make it to hard on youre self, if you like racing then race on a factory yzf-r1. and prove that you can be as good as spies.

Ian S - Unregistered

July 23, 2009 2:45 PM

All those knocking Toseland's abilities on a bike obviously have short memories. He's already twice WSBK champion not to mention his BSB achievements. These moronic comments about being a pizza boy show little respect and even less understanding of the sport. He might not have set the world alight in MotoGP, but the boy knows how to ride a bike better than any of you sorry to$$ers.



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