Red Bull KTM Ajo, the official KTM factory Moto3 team, has signed Red Bull Rookies Cup champion Karel Hanika for next season's World Championship.

The 17-year-old Czech rider took three wins in the 2012 Rookies Cup, then improved further in 2013 - winning six of the twelve races (and finishing runner-up at a further three) to wrap up the title with two races still to go.

"Moving up to the Moto3 World Championship with Red Bull KTM Ajo is a dream for me," said Hanika. "In my opinion this is the best team in the series and a perfect opportunity for me. I have to make the most of this unique chance.

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"I don't want to set goals for my first season in the World Championship, because it is still early, but I hope to have as much success as possible. I can't wait for the first preseason tests and my first meeting with the team. The feeling about next season couldn't be better."

Hanika follows in the footsteps of Danny Kent (2011) and Arthur Sissis (2012) in moving from the Rookies Cup to Moto3 with Aki Ajo's team, which won last year's inaugural 250cc four-stroke title and is leading this year's standings with Luis Salom.

"We are very happy to bring Karel to Red Bull KTM Ajo," said team manager Ajo. "He is a very talented young rider, who has had great races in the Red Bull Rookies Cup both this season and last season. Karel follows in the footsteps of Danny Kent and Arthur Sissis, moving from the Red Bull Rookies Cup to the World Championship with us.

"It is an honour for Red Bull KTM Ajo to have these young riders coming through, with their desire to work hard and learn after their time in that magnificent competition. I know that Karel is very motivated for next year, and that is the most important thing.

"After this announcement, the team will return our focus on our fight for the Moto3 title this season."

Ajo has also signed Australian Jack Miller for 2014, when Salom will move to Moto2 with Pons. Salom's present team-mates Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin are yet to announce their plans.