"I'm really happy to continue with Monster Energy Yamaha because I think it is one of the best teams in the FIM World Championship," said the racer. "I'm also happy that Michele [Rinaldi] and Yamaha Motor Europe wanted to keep me and they trust me. It was an easy decision to sign another contract. We had already been talking since the start of the year and I feel like I have a home here."
"Securing Steven was a priority for us because we all saw his pace and potential in a first excellent season with Monster Energy Yamaha," said Yamaha Motor Europe Racing Manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp. "I'm happy we have been able to announce the first part of our plan for the MX1 and MX2-GP classes for 2013 and we will have more news very soon on what we believe is a young, exciting and very competitive line-up for the new season."