Aleix Espargaro joins Aprilia

Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Aleix Espargaro has confirmed that he will be joining the Aprilia Racing Team for the 2017 MotoGP season. 

The Spanish rider signed a two-year contract that will see him racing for Aprilia until the end of the 2018 season.

He will partner Sam Lowes after Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista were replaced. 

Espargaro took to social media to confirm the news tweeting "Thanks to @ApriliaOfficial & @GresiniRacing to trust in me for 2017-2018 seasons! I will work very hard to put the RS-GP in the top!"

In the current MotoGP standings, Espargaro is ninth with 49 points after eight races while at the top is Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez on 145 points.

The confirmed teams for the 2017 MotoGP grid so far:

Yamaha: Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales
Honda: Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa
Ducati: Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso
Suzuki: Andrea Iannone, Alex Rins
KTM: Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro
Aprilia: Sam Lowes, Aleix Espargaro
Tech3 Yamaha: Jonas Folger, TBC
LCR Honda: Cal Crutchlow