Mapfre Aspar finally confirmed the rumour that German rider Jonas Folger will be replacing Alberto Moncayo in their Moto3 team on the Kalex KTM bike from the next round at Indianapolis.
The choice of who would leave has come as a surprise when Moncayo has so far scored the only podium for the Aspar team in a barren season by their usually high standards, a career best second at the wet Le Mans race, while his now ex-team mate and lightweight championship veteran Hector Faubel is nearing the age limit restrictions for the class.
Incoming rider Folger only bagged his current Ioda Racing ride on the eve of the season starting, the 18 year old then had a shaky start with injury and illness meaning he missed early rounds in the championship, he has only finished in the points once so far this season, but the former 125cc Silverstone race winner is hoping for greater things from his new partnership:
“I am delighted to be signing for the Mapfre Aspar Team, it is probably the most experienced team in the paddock and I know how professional they all are. I am highly motivated and will work as hard as necessary to make the most of this opportunity.
“My objective is to squeeze every bit of potential out of the Kalex, which is a very reliable bike in terms of the chassis and the KTM engine. It is a fast bike and it looks quite easy to ride so I am very much looking forward to riding it, meeting the team and getting down to work.”
The Aspar team, run by Jorge Martinez, have won multiple lower class championships, including the final 125cc championship in 2011 with Nico Terol. This year they removed their usual Bankia sponsorship livery early in the season due to the Spanish banking crisis.
They have also recently made big changes to their Moto2 line-up, parting company with Toni Elias ( who used the opportunity to replace an injured Hector Barbera at Laguna Seca) and replacing him with Jordi Torres.