Hiroshi Aoyama has been confirmed as joining Nicky Hayden in next year's Aspar Honda MotoGP line-up.

2009 250cc world champion Aoyama spent two seasons on a satellite RC213V before an ill-fated move to WSBK for 2012.

Aoyama then returned to MotoGP this season with Avintia, scoring 13 points on the team's FTR-Kawasaki, but missing Catalunya and Assen due to injury.

Aspar is moving from Aprilia to the new Production Honda for the revised 2014 'open' (privateer) class rules.

"It is a great moment for the Power Electronics Aspar Team to be signing a World Champion like Hiroshi Aoyama," said team boss Jorge Martinez 'Aspar'.

"Next year we kick off a new project in MotoGP alongside Honda and I am sure that we can generate a great synergy between the three parties. The combination of factory, rider and team is very positive and I hope that 2014 can be an even more productive season for us than the last two.

"The last month has seen a revolution within the Aspar Team, in terms of the machinery and the riders, and I am very satisfied. The switch to Honda provides guarantees, as do World Champions like Hiroshi Aoyama and Nicky Hayden, who both won their titles with Honda.

"I am sure that all this will translate into great results on track next season."

The 2014 RCV1000R line-up will thus be: Hayden and Aoyama at Aspar, Scott Redding at Gresini and Karel Abraham at Cardion AB.

The new Honda will make its official debut in next week's Valencia test.

Aoyama's appointment confirms that Randy de Puniet will depart Aspar after today's race. Team-mate and double CRT class champion Aleix Espargaro has already been confirmed at Forward Racing Yamaha.



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