MotoGP's newest team principal, Jorge Martinez, says he wants his Aspar team to expand to a two-rider squad in the premier category by 2011.
The team, which will enter a single Ducati in the 2010 MotoGP championship, has been linked to 250cc title contender Alvaro Bautista.
Martinez said in a statement on Saturday at Donington Park that he was relieved to have finally bring his MotoGP plans to fruition: "It seems that after three years we are finally able to achieve our dream presenting a MotoGP project.
"It's been three years of fighting and looking for the best option and after sounding out various factories, we have finally reached an agreement with Ducati," he added. "I hope this will be a fruitful arrangement that will continue into the long term.
Ducati began this year supplying two teams, but the Francisco Hernando Group withdrew its single entry for Sete Gibernau prior to the German Grand Prix.
Martinez says he has long-term plans to establish his team in the top category.
"In theory we will have one rider in 2010, with the idea being to expand to two in 2011," he said. "Our goal is primarily to grow strong in MotoGP from a technical viewpoint. We will continue with the 125cc team and compete in the new Moto2 class so we feel that this is a big step for the whole team.
"Today the big news is that we are moving up to MotoGP with Ducati, so the second thing that we have to do is confirm a rider. We hope to be able to do this by the time we get to Brno."