A third Kawasaki ZX-RR to be run in MotoGP next season by Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' looks on the verge of becoming a reality, but problems remain over the choice of rider.

Kawasaki is pushing for its former factory rider Shinya Nakano to get the seat, but Aspar has made clear that he wants a Spanish rider.

"With all due respect to Nakano, he is not a marketable rider with a view toward my sponsors and what I want is to have a Spanish rider," Aspar told Spanish sportspaper AS.

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With Carlos Checa staying in WSBK and Toni Elias opting to replace Nakano at Gresini Honda, Aspar currently has his sights set on either Alex Debon or Angel Rodriguez.

Should a Kawasaki deal be reached, it will mean Aspar has a team in the 125, 250 and MotoGP class. Aspar now expects to conclude a deal to run Briton Bradley Smith in the 125cc class.