By Lisa Lewis

John McPhee has announced that he will once again be a Moto3 World Championship rider next season, remaining with the Caretta Technology-RTG team.

The 19 year-old, who was aided by the Racing Steps foundation at the start of his career, who are still a backer to his Moto3 journey, will be joined at the team by championship veteran Efren Vazquez, who replaces the Red Bull KTM bound Jack Miller.

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McPhee currently sits in 19th in the championship in his rookie season and has learned to work his way through the issues that came with being a Honda rider while KTM dominated the championship, improving in the latter part of the season and securing his first top ten finish after being close for in several rounds, with seventh at Motegi two weeks ago.

The Scotsman will be able to learn from partnering Vazquez, who has seven years of Grand Prix racing under his belt. Honda are also rumoured to be powering the Estrella Galicia team next year, a move which if proves true should lead to better development and more commitment for all Honda users.

McPhee, is pleased to remain for a second year with the team, despite the setbacks faced in 2013:

"RTG is the right place for me to be. While I've had a number of incidents and problems to contend with on-track this season, there's no doubt in my mind they are one of the strongest squads on the grid".

"Obviously, like a lot of the other Honda teams, we've struggled to keep up with the more powerful KTMs this year. But hopefully we'll have a package that will enable us to neutralise that advantage in 2014".

RTG team boss Dirk Heidolf also welcomed the new deal:

"John has done well in his first year with the team putting in some really strong race performances over the course of the season, including a strong seventh place at Motegi".

"The fact that he is to ride with us again shows the strength of the relationship that we have developed this year and a clear understanding by John and the RSF of the extent of our ambition."

Currently the only British rider lining up on the Moto3 grid, he will next year be joined by a returning Danny Kent, who is riding for the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad alongside McPhee's current partner Miller, after a fruitless year for Kent in Moto2 with Tech3.