The Petronas Yamaha team announced that Jake Dixon is to move up to the MotoGP team for his home round at Silverstone. The British rider is to ride the bike of the injured Franco Morbidelli. Cal Crutchlow, who replaced Morbidelli at the two races at the Red Bull Ring, will take the place of Maverick Viñales at Silverstone.
The press release from Petronas appears below:
Jake Dixon to make MotoGP class debut at Silverstone
British rider steps up to premier class at home GP, as stand in for recovering Franco Morbidelli
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team will give Jake Dixon his MotoGP category debut at next weekend’s British Grand Prix (27-29 August), his home race, as a stand-in for the recovering Franco Morbidelli.
Dixon will jump aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 used most recently at the past two Grands Prix by Cal Crutchlow, whilst Morbidelli continues his recovery from knee surgery undertaken in June. Crutchlow moves to Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP in Silverstone.
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing will announce the Silverstone replacement for Dixon, alongside Xavi Vierge in Moto2, very shortly.