Spanish manufacturer GASGAS has announced it will make its circuit racing debut in the 2021 Moto3 World Championship as part of a collaboration with current series leaders Aspar.
The manufacturer has a storied success rate off-road with numerous titles across trials, enduro and rally competition but Moto3 will represent its maiden foray into international race circuit action.
It comes as part of a bold expansion plan for the brand as a whole after it was brought under the wing of KTM last year in a deal that will see it begin selling its first road-focused models next year.
It is the second time in as many years a KTM-owned brand has ventured into Moto3 following the on from Husqvarna, which has competed this season under the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team banner, with GASGAS also set to run rebadged versions of the KTM RC250GP.
Currently leading the standings with Albert Arenas heading into this weekend’s final round in Portimao, Aspar will compete with Sergio Garcia and Izan Guevara for the 2021 Moto3 season
“To carry the GASGAS name into the Moto3™ World Championship is a very important moment, both for myself personally and for this team,” said Aspar boss Jorge Martinez. “As a proud Spanish team, to be the first to work with a brand with such strong Spanish roots, to take it into the highest level of international road racing, is very, very special.
“2021 is looking to be an extremely exciting season for us! Of course, we hope to continue the exceptional run of form we have enjoyed during the 2020 season and together with our two strong riders, Sergio Garcia and Izan Guevara, we are focused on immediately fighting for podiums and taking the GASGAS brand onto the world stage.”