Former top rider James Toseland, who raced in MotoGP for two years for Tech 3 Yamaha, says having two British riders in the team is a boost for the sport.

Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith has joined Cal Crutchlow for next season and Toseland believes Smith faces a tough test in moving up from Moto2.

“It’s great to see an all- British team after years of not having any riders at all,” Toseland said.

“But it is a massive jump up from Moto2 to MotoGP. It’s a huge challenge, we will see how he gets on. Bradley has to just chip away and improve race by race.”