Aspar has signed newly crowned Red Bull Rookies Cup champion Jorge Mart?n to ride alongside the continuing Juanfran Guevara in Moto3 next season, when it will also switch to Mahindra machinery.

The team added that it is "not ruling out a surprise announcement in the near future" suggesting a possible third rider - perhaps from its current Moto2 line-up of Nico Terol and Jordi Torres.

Both look set to be available since Aspar's 'efforts will be fully focused on Moto3 next season, with it's Moto2 project temporarily delayed'.

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"Firstly congratulations to Jorge for winning the Rookies Cup," said Jorge Martinez Aspar. "The whole project with Mahindra excites us greatly. I'm happy with this new challenge that will involve both the new World Junior series and the Moto3 World Championship.

"Undoubtedly Jorge Martin is a rider who has earned the respect of us all, he is doing very well and deserves a chance, so let's go for it. In the future I hope to continue seeing him as a star in big races. He is eager to do things the right way. I like him because he is a fighter who wants to learn and always tries to improve himself.

"I talked to him and I already mentioned some aspects that we would like to improve on. Most importantly though, with him being so young, is to continue with the vision and desire to take risks and grow. He is young and now is the perfect time to soak in everything that happens around him, both in training and racing."