Actor

Actor Antonio Banderas stands on stage to present the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence to actress Salma Hayek (not pictured) during the taping of the 2009 NCLR Alma awards at the Royce Hall in Los Angeles September 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has agreed to invest in a team that will compete in the new Moto2 championship, which will replace the 250cc category from next year.

I have always been passionate about this world (motorcycling) and the opportunity came along and I didn't hesitate, Banderas said in an interview with Spanish broadcaster RTVE from his home in Los Angeles.

Banderas would hire compatriot Joan Olive, currently competing in the 125cc category, plus one other rider and the team would be called either Banderas Racing Team or Antonio Banderas team, RTVE reported.