MotoGP: Tech3 sign Smith for MotoGP ride

The British rider Bradley Smith will move up to MotoGP from Moto2 in 2013 after agreeing a three-year deal with his French-based Yamaha Tech3 team, it was announced yesterday.

"To think I'll be riding a Yamaha 1,000cc MotoGP bike just over a year from now is hard to believe," said the 20-year-old from Oxford. "I've worked so hard for many years to earn the chance to be given an opportunity like this, and now it has come I intend to grab it with both hands."

Tech3 currently have another British rider, Cal Crutchlow, as one of their riders in MotoGP.