Yamaha factory test rider Wataru Yoshikawa will be riding in Valentino Rossi's place starting at Catalunya on July 4. Rossi, who fractured his tibia and fibula in a Wataru YoshikawaSome speculation has suggested that Tech3 Yamaha-rider Colin Edwards or Texas teammate Ben Spies might take over Rossi's coveted factory ride. Allowing either to move up would likely pi...

Yamaha factory test rider Wataru Yoshikawa will be riding in Valentino Rossi's place starting at Catalunya on July 4. Rossi, who fractured his tibia and fibula in a

No name test rider replaces Rossi
Wataru Yoshikawa

Some speculation has suggested that Tech3 Yamaha-rider Colin Edwards or Texas teammate Ben Spies might take over Rossi's coveted factory ride. Allowing either to move up would likely piss off Tech3 by requiring them to find a replacement and removing the star power of either rider, effecting sponsorship deals. Additionally, if a rider like Spies experienced much success riding Rossi's M1, it could cause huge political ramifications within Yamaha, especially if Vale tries to return before he's completely fit. With Yoshikawa riding, Rossi is free to hop back on whenever he wants without stepping on anyone's toes. Now, the World Champion just has to worry about Lorenzo.

via MCN