Dominique Aegerter will remain in World Supersport after agreeing to a new deal with Ten Kate Racing Yamaha.
The 2021 world champion, winner of ten out of 21 races so far this season as a rookie, will look to take back-to-back WorldSSP titles for the first time since Kenan Sofuoglu achieved the feat in 2015/16.
Aegerter recently lamented the lack of WorldSBK opportunities, which made this move somewhat inevitable.
In fact, only Luca Bernadi has so far moved from WorldSSP to the premier class for next year, while former Moto2&3 rider Philipp Ottl is rumoured to be in contention for one of the satellite Kawasaki rides.
Speaking after the announcement, Aegerter said: "I am very happy to continue with Ten Kate Racing Yamaha in 2022. We had a great first season with many successes and the World Championship.
"I am looking forward to working with the same group of people next season. I feel very much at home at Ten Kate Racing, and we are a strong team.
"Next year, we will have more experience and more data, so the goal will be to defend the world title with the Yamaha R6.
"Our common goal is to continue and grow together in 2022. I want to thank the team and all partners and sponsors who make our dream possible.
"But first we go to Indonesia, an important race in which we will try to score as many points as possible for the teams’ championship."
Despite not getting a WorldSBK ride, the announcement was delayed due to any potential move up as Team Manager, Kervin Bos, said an agreement was reached earlier this season.
Bos also added: "We are very proud to announce that Dominique Aegerter will also join Ten Kate Racing Yamaha next season. We are relatively late with this announcement, but we came to an agreement at an early stage of the season.
"Dominique fits excellently within the team and his Swiss mentality fits perfectly with our way of working.
"The goal is to also grow together in 2023, more about that at a later moment. We have one more race to go this year in Indonesia.
"We can race without pressure, and I expect that we will then see a magnificent Dominique Aegerter."