The Mapfre Aspar team has announced the signing of 18-year-old Juan Francisco Guevara for next year's Moto3 World Championship.

Aspar's present Moto3 leader, Jonas Folger, is moving to Moto2 to ride a Kalex for Arginano & Gines Kalex for 2014.

"By signing Juanfran we are putting our backing behind a young Spanish rider with a lot of potential," said team principal Jorge Martinez 'Aspar'. "He has a great opportunity ahead of him and I am sure he will make the most of it. The objective is to help him move forward with his career and to develop him as a rider.

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"I am sure that he can be fighting in the top ten. The Kalex has moved on a lot as a machine since it was first created and it's a great bike now so I am sure Juanfran can score top results on it."

Guevara currently rides a TSR Honda for the CIP squad, but is yet to score a point in his rookie season.

"The opportunity to join the Mapfre Aspar Team in just my second season at World Championship level is a massive step for my career," he said. "It is a team with great history and incredible experience so I am sure I can learn a lot. For me it was important to be back in a Spanish team, which will making everything easier for me. The objective is to continue to grow as a rider - it is only my second year and I have a long way to go but I am sure that I can be fighting near the front next season."

There is no word yet on the future of young Brazilian Eric Granado, who currently rides alongside fifth-in-the-championship Folger.