Maverick Vinales will remain in the Moto3 World Championship for the 2013 season, then move up to Moto2, after re-signing with the Blusens Avintia team.
A four-time race-winner during his rookie 125cc season, Vinales was the pre-season favourite for the inaugural Moto3 title.
But whilst his five wins on an FTR-Honda are more than any other rider, three non-scores have left Vinales 46 points behind KTM's Sandro Cortese.
Vinales will now remain in the 250cc four-stroke class for one more season, then step-up to the 600cc Moto2 category with Avintia the year after.
“I am very happy with the decision that has been made,” said the 17-year-old. “It is clearly no easy task and it is always really exciting to change classes. But I think we have done the right thing.
“I am really young I am very likely to reach the objectives set by Moto3 and I think I have enough time to move on to Moto2.
“I will carry on working with the team and the people that have seen me improve and I feel at ease with. Sincerely I think I am lucky”.
There was no news on whether Avintia intends to continue with FTR Honda machinery.
Cortese recently confirmed he will move to Moto2 in 2013.