While finding a replacement for Valentino Rossi turned into a search of near epic proportions, taking nearly a month to finalize, a replacement for the unfortunate Hiroshi Aoyama was found within almost a day. The Japanese test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi was slotted into the Interwetten Honda team directly after Aoyama's crash during the Warm Up at Silverstone, and made his appearance on the RC212V at Assen. This was just to be a temporary measure, as was explained when the announcement was made, until a more permanent replacement for Aoyama can be found, who will be out for two or three months with a fractured T12 vertebra.
It appears that such a replacement may have been found. Various press sources are reporting that Alex de Angelis is to step back up to MotoGP and take Aoyama's place. The Italian would substitute for Aoyama for the next 4 to 6 races, depending on the duration of Aoyama's recovery, at which point he would return to the Scot Moto2 team.
That was exactly the bottleneck during previous discussions, when Yamaha were scouting around for replacements for Valentino Rossi. De Angelis was - and is - a prime candidate to replace injured MotoGP riders, as the man from San Marino already has two years' experience on a MotoGP bike, both of when he spent on Bridgestone tires. While replacing Rossi at Yamaha would have meant learning the Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike, substituting for Aoyama is much easier, as the Italian has also spent two years riding a satellite Honda RC212V, just like Aoyama's.
The most significant difference between the Yamaha and Honda situations, though, was the situation in the Scot Team in Moto2. During the search for a replacement for Rossi, there was no one who could take over Alex de Angelis' ride in the Moto2 class. And this is what has changed: for according to GPOne.com, former World Supersport champion Andrew Pitt is poised to take over the Scot team's GP210 bike in Moto2, allowing de Angelis to make a temporary return to MotoGP.
Pitt has extensive experience on a World Supersport machine, but even more helpfully, the Australian has also ridden a MotoGP bike and is no stranger to setting up racing prototypes. No deal has been finalized yet - talks between De Angelis and Interwetten team manager Daniel Epp are still ongoing - but Epp is known to be unhappy with the performance of Akiyoshi, and looking for someone capable of being much closer to the front. If the deal comes off, both the Interwetten and the Scot team should be pretty happy, as that much experience is not often freely available.