Mattia Pasini will step up to MotoGP with the Speed Master squad's CRT programme this year.
The seat had been earmarked for former factory Kawasaki MotoGP rider Anthony West, before the Australian announced yesterday that he had been unable to raise a sufficient budget.
Pasini was a race winner in 125cc and 250cc, but the 26-year-old Italian has had two difficult seasons in Moto2 over the past two years.
Speed Master is graduating to MotoGP under the CRT system this year after taking Andrea Iannone to third in the Moto2 standings in both 2010 and '11.
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