The Aspar MotoGP Team has renewed its contract with Ducati Corse and will continue to field Desmosedici GPs in the premier class for the 2018 season.

The Aspar and Ducati partnership is in its fourth year, the Spanish outfit stepping up to the premier class in 2010 with the Italian manufacturer. After two years running ART CRT machinery and two fielding open class Hondas, Aspar returned to Ducati last year.

The team’s current deal sees them running a 2016 Desmosedici GP for Alvaro Bautista and a GP15 for Karel Abraham. Next year’s contract stipulates the team can run two 2017 Ducatis, or one 2017 and one 2016 version. A decision on this will be made later in the season.

Team boss Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ expressed his delight at not only continuing his technical partnership with the Italian manufacturer, but also his professional relationship with Ducati top brass.

“For the Aspar Team it is excellent news that we will continue for another season with Ducati, as much for the professional relationship we have with Luigi dall’Igna and all his staff as for the material they provide,” the Spaniard said.

“We believe that we can still grow more but first of all I hope to be able to give Ducati and our sponsors plenty to celebrate this season, because we have two riders who are proving to be very competitive.

“We are satisfied with the progress of both Álvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham in this early part of the season but we have to put a whole weekend together because they both have the potential to be up there at the front. I hope 2017 can be a great year and 2018 even better.”

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Aspar were unable to celebrate its re-signing with Ducati in successful fashion in Sunday’s French Grand Prix, as both Bautista and Abraham dropped out of the running in the early laps.

This latest signing means two satellite Ducati teams have now secured their future with the Italian marque for 2018, after the Reale Avintia squad inked a deal to field two GP17s next season just prior to the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

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