Ricky Cardus is to become the JPMoto team's third rider of the 2015 Moto2 season.

The Spaniard, dropped by Tech 3 during the summer break, takes over from Ratthapark Wilairot, who had replaced Zaqhwan Zaidi from Catalunya - but also failed to score a point.

The new JPMoto team is one of only two full-time Suter entries.

"We would like to thank Feem [Rattapark] for his services. He has been a great addition to team and we have benefitted from him and his experience. But, we need to go on and in the best interest of Feem and the team, we decided to mutually end the partnership," said team manager Raja Nor Zaini Mohamad Nor. "We wish Feem all the best in his future undertakings and we are confident that we will be seeing each other at the racing track in the future.

"We are confident that the inclusion of Cardus will tremendously develop the team, which is still very much on the learning curve. We want to learn and acquire knowledge as much as possible this season so that we come better-prepared in 2016."

Cardus, also seeking his first points of 2015, added: "First of all I would like to thank JPMoto Racing team for the opportunity for me to join them, my first ever experience in an Asian team, especially a team from Malaysia, a country that I really enjoy on my visits to Sepang GP as it is one of the most spectacular circuits and cities in the championship.

"I really appreciate the fact that I will be joining a team who believes in me, it gives me extra energy, motivation and commitment to repay their confidence through successful results. I am excited to meet the team and kick off our new adventure this weekend in Brno."

Cardus has raced in all six seasons of Moto2, with his best result a seventh in last year's Grand Prix of Catalunya.

Wilairot joined JPMoto after a surprising split from the CORE World Supersport team just a few rounds after his memorable home victory in the inaugural Thai event. He raced in the intermediate grand prix class full time from 2007-2012, with a best finish of fourth.


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