John McPhee will retain backing from Dorna and the British Talent scheme for 2018, but will switch to the CIP KTM while the BTT sits out Moto3 in favour of CEV.

The Dorna-backed British Talent Team was launched at the start of this year alongside its plans for a British Talen Cup – a series, which will take place next year, designed to bring emerging UK and Irish talent up to grand prix racing.

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2016 Czech Grand Prix winner McPhee joined the team after four years with the Prustel GP outfit, and results were immediate.

A brace of podiums in the first two races, as well as a pole position in Argentina, hinted at a year-long title challenge for the Scottish rider.

However, only one more podium – a third at Assen – followed for McPhee, and he has failed to secure a top five finish since. With two rounds of the 2017 season remaining, the Scotsman sits seventh in the standings on 112 points.

McPhee will remain part of the British Talent set-up, but will race in CIP colours next season alongside grand prix rookie Makar Yurchenko.

The British Talent Team plans to return to the Moto3 World Championship in 2019 with the hope of fielding the first crop of British Talent Cup graduates, and will enter into the European CEV Moto3 Championship with British Motostar champion Toom Booth-Amos and Charlies Nesbit.

McPhee will start Sunday’s 18-lap Malaysian Grand Prix from the front row after securing third behind Jorge Martin and 2017 world champion Joan Mir.

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