Yamaha have confirmed that American Colin Edwards will continue to race for the MotoGP team next season.
Edwards has claimed six podium places since joining MotoGP in 2003
The 32-year-old, who has won two World Superbike titles, joined the outfit in 2005 and has signed a one-year deal to partner Valentino Rossi in 2007.
"Although he hasn't had the easiest of seasons in 2006, he has given a strong showing recently," said Yamaha Racing managing director Lin Jarvis.
"He has proven he can fight at the top of the MotoGP World Championship."
Edwards has scored points in all but one of his 33 starts for the Camel Yamaha team.
I'm really happy at Yamaha and I can't wait to start working on the new bike
His best MotoGP season came in 2005 when he finished fourth overall and he is currently lying in eighth place with one race to go.
Team-mate Rossi is aiming to seal his sixth consecutive world title in Valencia this weekend.
Edwards' best finish this season was a third place in the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai in May.
"I couldn't be happier to be staying at Yamaha for another year," said Edwards.
"It's no secret that this season hasn't achieved the results we should have had, but in the last few races I feel that things have started to turn around and we hope to finish on a high in Valencia.
"I couldn't ask for a better team-mate or team. I'm really happy at Yamaha and I can't wait to start working on the new bike."
Next season, bikes in the MotoGP class will be limited to an engine size of 800cc instead of the present 990cc limit.