Mapfre Aspar has revealed that respective 2008 and 2009 125cc champions Mike Di Meglio and Julian Simon will form its line-up for the inaugural Moto2 season next year.
An extension for both Simon and di Meglio, who competed for Jorge Martinez Aspar's eponymous team in the 125cc and 250cc categories this year, the Spanish outfit is the latest to confirm its riders for the first-ever Moto2 campaign in 2010.
Simon's arrival comes after clinching the 125cc title for Aspar this season, the Spaniard penning a two-year deal with the team with a view to possibly making the switch to MotoGP in 2011.
In re-signing for Aspar, di Meglio will be one of the highest-placed 250cc riders converting to Moto2 next year, following a maiden season in the quarter-litre class that yielded two podiums and finish of eighth in the overall standings.
“With Mike and Julián we have made a winning bet,” Aspar said. “Mike was World Champion one year ago, and this season has had some great races in 250cc, so to continue with him is a good starting point. Julián is the current 125cc World Champion and is a rider I think will bring us much happiness in Moto2.”
Aspar, which will also enter a Ducati for Hector Barbera in MotoGP next year, will extend its relationship with Aprilia by entering a pair of new Moto2 chassis' designed by the Italian manufacturer.
“I'm keen to see the Aprilia Moto2 machine out on the track,” he added. “I think it's undoubtedly a great project for us. For several years the Aspar team has chosen to compete in the 125cc and 250cc World Championship classes. Now there will be a change in category, but the objective remains the same.”
Bradley Smith, who finished runner-up to Simon in the 125 class this year, has already revealed he will continue to ride with Aspar in the same category next season.