Valentino Rossi's new VR46 Riders Academy, which will run a Moto3 grand prix team next season, is to join forces with Jorge Mart?nez 'Aspar' to help develop riders in the Spanish Championship.

Former world champion Aspar has overseen six titles as a team owner and has entries in all three grand prix classes.

The idea is that the best young riders from Rossi's academy will move up to the Spanish Championship in the team run by Aspar, to help prepare them for the world championship.

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"Jorge is a great person who is in charge of one of the best teams in the paddock," said Rossi. "We have known each other well since my first grand prix back in 1996 and I can remember many great battles with him in 125. I like the way he works, which is backed up by his longevity in the World Championship.

"The same is true of Gino Borsoi, Jorge's right-hand man, who I raced with when we were both young. I am delighted that we have reached this agreement together.

"Initially I will help young riders through the recently created VR46 Racing Academy - the idea being that the best riders from the Academy will be taken by Jorge to contest the Spanish Championship with the Aspar Team.

"I think it is one of the best teams around and I can't think of a better place for young riders to develop."