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Migno moves to Aspar for 2018

Italian winner of the Italian GP changes team for next season - continuing the Aspar Team's relationship with the VR46 Riders Academy

Mugello winner Andrea Migno will join the Aspar Team for the 2018 Moto3™ season. The Italian will take part in his fourth season on board a KTM, returning to the Aspar Team with whom he contested the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship in 2014, when he scored a podium and eight top six finishes.

This agreement maintains the relationship between the Aspar Team and the VR46 Riders Academy, with the Spanish outfit fully committed to taking a rider from the school run by Valentino Rossi to the very top of the class. This collaboration has been ongoing since 2013, when the Aspar Team ran Luca Marini in the final round of the CEV. In 2014, the line-up was increased to two riders, with Marini joined by Andrea Migno, whilst in 2015 and 2016, the team ran Pecco Bagnaia in the World Championship - taking three wins.

Jorge Martínez "Aspar", Aspar Team General Manager: "It is great news for the Aspar Team that we have signed a rider like Andrea Migno. I think he has all the potential to fight for the World Championship. We know Andrea very well from when he was with us in the FIM CEV. We believe that he has improved a lot as a rider, he is very fast and with a competitive KTM and our technical staff we can be fighting for great things. His signing also extends our collaboration with the VR46 Riders Academy. We are satisfied that after so many years this union is proving valuable to all parties and we are continuing to develop top young riders like Migno or Pecco Bagnaia in recent seasons."

Andrea Migno: "I am very happy to get this opportunity with the Aspar Team. I think it is a great chance for me, in a great team and with a KTM that will be at a high level. Everything is in place for us to be able to fight for big things. Pecco Bagnaia always told me good things about the team, I have faith in the Aspar Team and I am happy because this is a team that in the past has won many races and world titles. I am not setting objectives right now, just looking forward to putting in strong performances and running at the front. After the first races we will be able to set our targets."