Alex Marquez will step up to the Moto2 World Championship next season, with Marc VDS.

Younger brother of MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, Alex will ride alongside fellow Spaniard and current Moto2 title leader Tito Rabat.

18-year-old Marquez has claimed two wins and three second places for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda team this season and currently lies second in the standings, 13 points behind Jack Miller with six races remaining.

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Marquez will now take over the Marc VDS seat originally earmarked for Miller, who is linked to a Honda MotoGP ride.

"I am so proud and excited to announce I am joining Marc VDS Racing Team in Moto2 for the next two years," said Marquez. "It is very important for me because I am changing class with a fantastic team and a strong teammate. I have been working hard to be here and I want to thank the Marc VDS Racing Team for their trust in me. But now it's time to focus on Moto3, we are in the most important moment of the season and our mission is to fight for the championship."

Team principal Michael Bartholemy added: "It has always been our goal to bring young riders into Moto2, and ?lex M?rquez is the perfect fit for us. He has shown he has both the talent and the drive to succeed with some impressive performances over the past two years, which are the attributes we want as we look towards the future.

"Having Tito Rabat alongside him and an experienced team behind him will help with ?lex's transition from Moto3 to Moto2 next year. I am confident that in 2016 he will be ready to step up and spearhead our World Championship campaign."

Mika Kallio currently rides alongside Rabat. The Finn, currently second in the world championship, is yet to announce his 2015 plans.

Alex Marquez's current Moto3 team-mate, Alex Rins, is also expected to join Moto2 next season. Rins is hotly tipped to join the Pons team, which needs a replacement for Maverick Vinales, who is set to move to MotoGP with Suzuki.

Marc VDS are currently trying to secure an RC213V for Scott Redding in MotoGP next year. That will in turn have an influence on whether the team continues to run its single rider Moto3 team.

15-year-old Spanish Championship star Fabio Quartararo is poised to take one of the Estrella Moto3 seats next year.


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Oh, and I'm not keen on Miller.
I'm not sure why some feel he is the 'next big thing'. He hasn't really dominated Moto3 in the way you would expect with all the hype and in my opinion he comes across as petulant & arrogant.
I think Marquez to VDS is a much better choice.

Jack Miller has signed a 3 year contract with 2017 he will be in the factory team.[\blockquote]

Where did you get this info?[\blockquote]
I read it on twitter. Mathey Birt and David Emmet wrote this on their profiles. it depends on the results.But i believe that Jack will get used to the big bikes fast and wil start beating hiss teammate in the second half of the season.[\blockquote]

No chance. Moto3 straight to MotoGP - this is a recipe for chucking it at the scenery big-time. He will be lucky if he manages to walk away without being seriously hurt.

Makes sense.
I've often thought that what Honda needs in MotoGP is a professional 'feeder' satellite team that can provide a backup and natural route into the factory team.
Yamaha has it with Tech 3.
Ducati has it with Pramac.
But Honda's effort is split across too many operations (Gresini, LCR, Aspar).
A good, well funded operation like VDS would seem to fit the bill.