Aspar has confirmed the signing of Yonny Hernandez for MotoGP 2016.

However no mention was made of the Colombian's team-mate - assuming there will be one - or which machinery Aspar will use.

Nicky Hayden and Eugene Laverty currently race Open class Hondas for the Spanish team, which lost title sponsor Drive M7 at the start of this season and is rumoured to be switching to Ducati machinery for 2016.

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The signing of Hernandez, a Pramac Ducati rider for the past two seasons, will do little to dampen such speculation.

Former world champion Hayden is out of contract and '50-50' in terms of a move to World Superbike, while rookie Laverty is in the first year of a two-year deal.

"I am very excited to be joining the Aspar Team, we have been trying to work together for a few seasons now but never reached an agreement but finally we are together," Hernandez said.

"I am really happy to form part of the Aspar Team, and my objective is to work hard and give everything to achieve the best possible results for the team next season. I know the Aspar Team is a very professional outfit and I am sure that we can reach a high level next season.

"This is a winning team, as they have shown over many years, and I am hopeful we can adapt quickly to the changes for 2016 and benefit from them. It will be a new challenge, with all of the riders starting from scratch with the new [control] electronics and [Michelin] tyres."

Hernandez is 14th in the world championship with a best finish of eighth at Le Mans.

Scott Redding has already been confirmed as taking over Hernandez's Pramac seat, alongside Danilo Petrucci.

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Cris Zarate: I hope they will let Laverty do another year, and see what he can do on a better bike. I have all my respect to Hayden and I really like him as a rider and his attitude but I guess he had his time in MotoGP, maybe it's time to call it quits and go to WSBK to be the first Rider to win WC in MotoGP and WSBK, that would be something.[\blockquote]
Nicky should have taken that deal 2 years ago when Ducati offered it !I could not believe the move his brother Tommy his manager orchestrated for him instead of the Ducati WSBK ride to go on the production Honda to nowhere !

I hope they will let Laverty do another year, and see what he can do on a better bike. I have all my respect to Hayden and I really like him as a rider and his attitude but I guess he had his time in MotoGP, maybe it's time to call it quits and go to WSBK to be the first Rider to win WC in MotoGP and WSBK, that would be something.