French 250 cc rider Sylvain Guintoli has announced on his website that he will be riding for the Yamaha Tech 3 team next year. No official confirmation has been seen yet, but as Guintoli has tested with Tech 3 several times this year, it would be a logical step, despite Guintoli's mid-pack performances this year. Guintoli's addition to the grid will bring the total of French riders in MotoGP to 3.
In other news, the BBC is reporting that British veteran Jeremy McWilliams may join Ilmor next year. Although McWilliams is a very experienced development rider, which would benefit Ilmor enormously, he is already 41 in a sport dominated by the young. Whether he actually gets the ride next year remains to be seen.