MotoGP rookie and Open class leader Loris Baz has secured his grand prix future with a move to Avintia Ducati for 2016.

The Frenchman will ride alongside Hector Barbera, whom Baz overtook for leadership of the Open standings with a stunning fourth place in the wet-dry Misano race, where rumours of the Avintia deal first emerged.

Despite his impressive rookie season, Baz had been left in limbo by the uncertainty at Forward Racing. The team missed Indianapolis following the arrest of team principal Giovanni Cuzari over taxation issues in Switzerland and is yet to confirm its 2016 plans.

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Against that backdrop it is unsurprising that Baz has opted for the Avintia option, which will see him replace countryman Mike di Meglio and become the only Frenchman on the 2016 grid.

22-year-old Baz joined MotoGP after three seasons, and two wins, for Kawasaki in WSBK.

Avintia will continue with Ducati GP14.2 machines next year, the first season with a compulsory standard ECU and Michelin tyres.

Baz's original Forward team-mate Stefan Bradl left for Aprilia following Cuzari's arrest. Claudio Corti initially took the German's place, with Toni Elias signed for the final five rounds.

Yonny Hernandez, who has lost his Pramac seat to Scott Redding, had been the hot favourite for the Avintia ride. The Colombian is now being linked with Aspar, which is also rumoured to be considering a switch from Honda to Ducati machinery.