Cal Crutchlow will replace Maverick Vinales at Yamaha at the upcoming British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The MotoGP world has been stunned on Friday morning after Monster Energy Yamaha announced that they have terminated the contract with Vinales. The replacement for the Spaniard has been revealed shortly after. The sport’s veteran Crutchlow will ride for the team at the British GP next weekend.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of Yamaha and to do what originally was supposed to be three races for the Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, but the plans have changed. I want to thank them and I look forward to riding with the Factory Team,” he said.

Earlier this season, the Briton has been riding for Petronas Yamaha SRT, replacing the injured Franco Morbidelli. He finished 17th in both races at Red Bull Ring.

Petronas Yamaha SRT has also revealed that Jake Dixon will join the team for the British GP.

“It’s been a lifelong goal to make it into the MotoGP class. So to get the opportunity to do it for one GP this year, on the bike that I always wanted to – the Yamaha YZR-M1 – and to do it at home is something really special. It is going to be very difficult but I’m looking forward to jumping on the big bike, even though it’s different, and it’s very exciting! I haven’t been able to sleep because I’ve just been thinking about it. It’s a dream come true,” Dixon commented.

“I’m going to give my all to do the best I can for the team and I want to say a massive thank you to them for this opportunity. Also to Yamaha for believing in me as well. I don’t have any targets, I’m just aiming to enjoy it and gather all the experience I can. I just want to wish Franco a speedy recovery and that we can see him back at the track soon.”

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