Marc VDS has announced that Jorge Navarro will replace the recently dismissed Livio Loi for the remainder of the 2014 Moto3 season.

Navarro, currently second in the Spanish Moto3 Championship standings after taking his first win of the season at Albacete three weeks ago, will make his debut on the Marc VDS Kalex-KTM at Indianapolis.

The 18-year-old Spaniard - who has made three prior wild-card appearances in the last two seasons, best finish 22nd - will continue to contest the Spanish Moto3 Championship for Team Machado-Came alongside his new World Championship commitments.

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"It was a difficult decision to replace Livio in our Moto3 team, but we set him clear, realistic goals at the beginning of the season and he failed to achieve them," declared Marc VDS Team Principal, Michael Bartholemy. "As a team we could do no more to improve the results, which is why we took the difficult decision to replace Livio on the bike.

"In Jorge Navarro we have a young rider who has already shown his potential with some impressive performances in the Spanish Moto3 Championship, but was unable to make the step up to the World stage due to a lack of funding. We have the budget and Jorge has shown clearly he has the pace so, for us, it was a perfect fit. It's a big opportunity for any rider, and one that I'm confident that Jorge will grab with both hands."

Loi's future plans remain unknown. The young Belgian claimed a career best fourth place in Argentina, but failed to score in the following six rounds.