Avintia Racing has acquired Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP machinery for the next two seasons.
Ducati will thus have six bikes on the grid next season: Two at its Factory team, two at Pramac and now two at Avintia.
However only the official team is set to get the all-new GP15, with the others likely to at least start next season on this year's GP14.
And while all Ducati teams currently race as Factory class entries (with Open benefits), allowing their own software, the Avintia machines are set to race under normal Open rules (using the control ECU software) and could debut with Hector Barbera later this year.
“We have a two year contract with Avintia and I think this contract is very important for us because it means that next year we will have bikes on the grid with Open software," said Ducati Corse general director Gigi Dall'Igna. "This is really important because in my opinion this will be the future of MotoGP software. The target of Avintia and Ducati will be to try to win in the Open class.”
Antonio Martin, Avintia Racing CEO, added: “In principle our agreement is for two years, 2015 and 2016. We will try to get Hector on the bike as soon as possible with the Open software, though we don't know yet if that will be from Aragon or in the flyaway rounds. We will do a test and depending on how it goes we will run the bike at Aragon or in the first Asian race."
The Spanish Avintia team has run its own Kawasaki ZX-10R based machines in MotoGP for the past three years, initially under the CRT rules and then the new-for-2014 Open class.
Barbera and rookie Mike di Meglio currently ride for Avintia. Di Meglio claimed four points at Indianapolis with Barbera scoring a single digit at Austin and Jerez.