The Aspar Team, which graduated to MotoGP this season, has agreed a new deal with Ducati to continue with Desmosedici machinery in 2011.

Upon announcing the extension, team principal Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' also highlighted Ducati's signing of seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi as a positive influence.

Martinez has been linked to a potential MotoGP return by Aprilia in 2012, but the Spaniard insisted he wants to remain with Ducati in the long term and plans to expand to two riders for 2012.

Aspar starts this weekend's Indianapolis round with rookie rider Hector Barbera the highest placed satellite Desmosedici competitor, holding twelfth in the world championship.

"I am very happy to extend out contract with Ducati for another season," said Aspar. "Ever since we crossed paths everybody in Borgo Ponigale has been completely committed to our project and the relationship is magnificent so it is an honour for us to extend it.

"So far we have made an agreement for one more season but my objective is for us to continue into 2012 and expand to two riders. Conversations are underway although first of all we need to focus on getting sponsorship in place so that we can make a long term commitment.

"Aside from this we have the news that Valentino Rossi has signed for Ducati. The Desmosedici is already one of the best bikes on the grid and I'm sure that with his input it will be even better and more manageable. His collaboration will benefit us a lot because I am sure we will have the same bike."

Aspar and Barbera have a best finish of eighth so far in the premier-class.

Aspar also runs a Moto2 and 125cc team.