Spaniard Jorge Prado looks like he may follow in the footsteps of Jeffrey Herlings as he has been signed to ride for the factory KTM team until 2020. The 14-year-old is currently third in the European EMX125 series as part of the KTM Junior squad but it's likely will move up to MX2 class in 2017 - potentially in GPs.

Prado, who first rode a motorcycle at aged three, was World and European 65cc Champion in 2011, and went on the seal the 85cc European Championship title last season.

KTM race boss Pit Beirer said KTM had a vested interest in cultivating the next generation of leading riders like Prado. "We aim for excellence not just in the current season but in the long-term, so the nurturing of riders of the caliber of Jorge Prado is an essential part of our planning. We have known for some time that he is an outstanding rider for his age and we are very happy that we can work together to build on the next steps of his career."

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Jorge Prado said: "For me KTM is the best bike and the best team in the world and I'm proud to be part of this family. For a young rider like me the trust and confidence that KTM has given me was very important to get to this point in my career. Now it is a very special motivation to continue chasing my goals. I get a lot of support from my team and this is what I need to face my future goals. With this extra motivation I'm now completely focused on my next challenges in the World and European 125cc Championships.