Fernandez has been a Moto2 rider since his Grand Prix debut in 2017, winning seven races, including four in his first year with Red Bull KTM Ajo.
“I’m very happy. It’s a dream. We still have work to do in Moto2 and I want to go for the title and go to MotoGP – and the next challenge – in the best possible way.”
The Spaniard immediately took pole position for the MotoGP seat after KTM opted for current Moto2 champion Remy Gardner. which will now move to the World Superbike.
Pit Beirer, Director of GASGAS & KTM Motorsports, said: “Augusto completes the range of Spanish products for the first year in the history of GASGAS in MotoGP. He worked well with Aki and his team, he fought hard on the track and he showed that he could make the difference in a very tight championship where we saw many different winners.
“We think he did everything to earn his chance alongside Pol in 2023 and to know what MotoGP is all about. He has to take the hardest step, where the competition is so strong, but we believe in him and he also believes in us and this is the best reason to take a step forward.”
“I’ve been following Augusto for a few seasons now and we already discussed the move to the next category two years ago, but he wasn’t ready for the big jump,” said Tech3 boss Hervé Poncharal. “When we met recently, it was very clear that he was ready to come to MotoGP.
“I am very excited for next season as our garage will have a mix of experience and youth thanks to Pol and Augusto. They are both Spanish and work in a positive and constructive way and that is what we were looking for.
“Welcome to MotoGP Augusto, keep calm and focus on your Moto2 championship. We will be waiting for you in our garage on Tuesday after the Valencia GP for your first MotoGP test.”
Raul Fernandez, Gardner’s current Tech3 teammate, is joining RNF Aprilia for 2023.