Briton Bradley Smith has signed a deal to ride for a leading team in the 2008 MotoGP World 125cc Championship.
Smith gained his first podium of his career at the French Grand Prix
The 16-year-old prospect will ride for Polaris World on one of the factory Aprilia machines that have dominated this season's championship.
Smith, who is competing for Repsol Honda this year, said: "I'm proud to have been made such a brilliant offer.
"To race on a slightly more competitive machine with the support of such a professional team will be fantastic."