Meanwhile, Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal announced on Thursday that Edwards will remain with the team for a third season in 2010, with Spies coming into MotoGP to join his fellow American on the competitive satellite Yamaha M1.Poncharal remarked, "Ben has had an incredible year this year in his championship, as a rookie. His ultimate goal, like most high level riders was to come to MotoGP, which is the top championship, so we are very proud to have him. Colin staying with us is great news too as he has brought so much to the team, the best results we have ever had, like his superb second position this season at Donington."Taking centre stage in the official pre-event press conference, however, was current World Champion Valentino Rossi, who said of Spies’ imminent arrival, "I think he has made the right decision to come at this time. He is still quite young and he has gained extra experience this year, so I expect him to be another great rival for next season."On the more pressing challenge of retaining the MotoGP title over the forthcoming and concluding four rounds of the year Rossi added, "Now is the crucial moment when the championship will be decided, as we have four races in a short period of time. There are some good tracks ahead of us, Estoril, Phillip Island and Sepang are ok for me and 30 points is a nice advantage, but we have to stay focused because we have a strong rival and we will try to stay on the podium."The racewinner last year in Portugal, as he tasted MotoGP victory for the first time, Rossi’s team-mate and current closest challenger Jorge Lorenzo previewed the weekend saying, "Last year was a big surprise for me, it left a big impression on me and it was a huge day in my career. But now it is a very different situation, that was at the beginning of the year and this time we are close to the end of the championship. I also now have different tyres, so it is like starting from zero this weekend, but I am confident."Free practice at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal commences on Friday (2nd October) at 12.40pm local time for the 125cc riders, 1.55pm for the MotoGP class and 3.10pm for the 250cc category.