After several unsuccessful attempts to secure MotoGP machinery, Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' will finally break into the premier-class of grand prix racing after announcing a deal to run Ducati machinery in 2010.
In what looks like a direct transfer of the Desmosedicis previously allocated to the now defunct Grupo Francisco Hernando team, Aspar - who has riders battling for world championship victory in both the 125 and 250cc classes this season - will have a single rider MotoGP entry next season, before a possible two-rider challenge in 2011.
But whilst the machinery has been confirmed, there was no news regarding the identity of the rider.
Aspar has made no secret of his desire to keep current 250cc title contender Alvaro Bautista for a MotoGP move, but the Spaniard may also have other (possibly more competitive) opportunities to explore before confirming that he will join reigning 250cc world champion Marco Simoncelli in MotoGP next year.
Martinez hopes to announce his 2010 MotoGP rider at Brno on August 16.
Aspar, a former 80 and 125cc world champion during the 1980s, had previously sought to acquire MotoGP machinery from Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.
The Aspar team, which runs factory Aprilias in both 125 and 250, will continue to operate in the support classes next year, when 250GP will be replaced by Moto2.