Bo Bendsneyder will move to the Moto2 class in 2018, after signing for Tech 3.

The 18-year-old Dutchman dominated the Red Bull rookies cup in 2015 with eight wins and two further podiums, moving to Moto3 with Red Bull KTM Ajo the following year.

Bendsneyder claimed two podiums last season and has a best finish of fourth this season.

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“I am really happy about this opportunity with the Tech3 Racing Team," he said. "It’s a dream come true to go to Moto2 after two years in Moto3. I have gained a lot of knowledge in the lightweight class but now I think it’s the time to move up and learn again. For sure it will be challenging because it will be my first season on a Moto2 bike and there will be a lot more horsepower. However, I am looking forward to working with the people in this team and I am really excited for next year."

Tech 3 team Manager Hervé Poncharal added: “I am more than delighted because, for me, Bo is a great talent that has an incredible future ahead of him. We decided to sign him for two reasons. Firstly, because of his riding capability and we are sure that he is going to surprise a few people, or maybe a lot, next year! Plus, secondly due to his human approach and how he behaves.

"I have always tried to treat my team and crew like my family and I admire Bo’s approach. He is really well educated, speaks great English, is down to earth and humble. All of this is important for me and I’m sure we are going to do some great things together so I have to say welcome to Bo.

"We can’t wait to see how he does in the first test on our bike when the season finishes. Thanks to him for his trust and I also want to wish Bo luck for this afternoon."

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I trust Hervé Poncharal's ability for talent's detection. He has shown how astute he was in securing Folgas and Zarco in the major class, while initially it seems that other teams had made the best choice.

One thing is for sure, for now he is no Binder. But all the best to him none the less, he still has time to grow and come of age.

Been thinking for ages it would be good to see Bo move up a class, he's way too big for the Moto3.  Interested to see how he gets on.

Agree completely with the comment about Herve's ability to spot talent...