The Drive M7 Aspar team unveiled its 2014 MotoGP colours during an official launch at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on Tuesday afternoon.

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Aspar - double champions of the former privateer CRT class with Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro - has changed bikes, riders and title sponsor for this year's assault on the revised Open category.

2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and 2009 250cc champion Hiroshi Aoyama have been hired to ride Aspar's new Honda RCV1000R machinery, with Malaysian energy drink Drive M7 stepping in as title sponsor.

Drive M7 has signed up for three years and, in addition to the MotoGP project, hopes to use the Aspar partnership to help young Malaysians progress in Moto3 and Moto2.

Hayden and Aoyama will take to the track in their new silver and green colours during this week's second pre-season test at Sepang, which starts on Wednesday morning, when the team will be hoping for an improvement in engine performance and electronics.

Former Factory Honda and Ducati rider Hayden was the leading RCV1000Rcompetitor at the opening 2014 test, but was two-seconds from Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and 1.5s from the top Open machine of Aleix Espargaro (Forward Yamaha).

"We hope that at small tracks especially - and different circumstances - we can be competitive with the factory bikes," said Hayden. "At the first test here we were not so competitive with them. Which was not what we wanted. But we hope as the season goes on and development continues we can certainly close that gap."



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