British rider James Toseland will compete in MotoGP with the Tech 3 Yamaha team next season, it was announced on Wednesday.
Toseland, the youngest ever World Superbike champion in 2004 at the age of 23, is currently leading the championship by 43 points.
The Briton will make his MotoGP debut next year with the Yamaha factory supported squad.
"I am delighted to have secured a rider of James' calibre and am looking forward to working with him," said team principal Herve Poncharal.
"Procuring James is a major coup for Tech 3 Yamaha and for the MotoGP championship in extending our reach into Northern Europe. It is an exciting time for us all and I am certain that he will be an integral part of the team's future."