Scott Redding will remain with his MarcVDS Moto2 team in 2013 after talks with at least two MotoGP squads eventually came yo nought for the young Gloucestershire rider.
Redding tested at Mugello with Ducati but progress with that ground to halt despite impressive laptimes and was he also heavily-linked with the Gresini Honda seat but was beaten to it by incumbent Alvaro Bautista.
"Where I'll ride next year has been something of a distraction recently, so I'm happy to have signed for my fourth season with the Marc VDS Racing Team and now I can focus on these last three races," said Redding, who keeps current team-mate Mika Kallio.
"So far I've stood on every step of the Moto2 podium but the top one, and that has to be the target before the end of the year. This weekend will be difficult, not just because of the two long straights here at Sepang, but also because of the memories this track holds for everyone after Sic's tragic crash here last year.
"We remembered him with a ceremony today, but we'll also honour him by going balls out in Sunday's race, which is exactly what he would be doing if he was still with us."
MarcVDS will also expand into Moto3 next year with the signing of Red Bull Rookie Livio Loi who will campaign a Kalex KTM.