After 3 years, Alex De Angelis will ride a Moto2 once more, wearing Team Tasca colours at this weekend's Silverstone round. The San Marino rider will replace Xavier Simeon, who crashed at turn one in Austria, fracturing the head of the humurus.
De Angelis is currently without a ride, having split with Team Pedercini, with whom he had started the SBK season and has therefore seized this opportunity to return to the world championship.
“It's a great pleasure to receive and accept Team Manager Enrico Tasca's offer to take part in the Silverstone Grand Prix and it's lovely to be back in Moto2 with a team I've raced for in the past and with which I continue to have a good relationship - said Alex - Returning to the world championship is really exciting, and seeing as I had to leave the track in a helicopter the last time I raced, you can be sure that I'll seize this chance with a smile on my face and a real desire to give it all I have. An opportunity that comes just as my experience in Superbike has come to an end, at a time where I'm seeking solutions for the future. So I hope that this race is not just an end in itself, but that it can serve as a good business card for next season, though it won't be easy to return at a track where I've rarely ridden and without completing any tests. No-one expects great results, but you can be sure I'll be going out on track to do my best and to achieve all I can, just as I've always done in life."
Team Manager Enrico Tasca adds: “it's fantastic to be able to welcome back a champion like Alex De Angelis and see him wearing Tasca Racing colours once more, even if it's just for one Grand Prix. After the incident at the Red Bull Ring we had to wait to see about Xavier's condition but as soon as we released that it would be wiser to replace him at Silverstone, I immediately thought of Alex: a friend, a real professional and a great champion. His enthusiasm about returning to MotoGP is contagious, felt by the whole team and our fans, and I'm sure that his return will provide a very interesting chapter over this MotoGP weekend: attention will be on him and for this reason I cannot wait to get out on track, ready to fight, in order to remember this experience in the best possible way”.