De Angelis Confirmed As Aoyama Replacement

After reporting yesterday that a deal between Alex de Angelis and Interwetten Honda to replace Hiroshi Aoyama was near, events are moving quickly. Today, the Interwetten team announced the deal was done, and the Team Scot Moto2 rider will be filling in for Aoyama until the Japanese rider's return in September. De Angelis' experience in MotoGP and the strong relationship De Angelis still has with HRC made the deal relatively easy to put together. The replacement for De Angelis in Team Scot's Moto2 team is as yet unknown, but the names of Andrew Pitt and Lorenzo Savadori are currently doing the rounds.

Below is the press release issued by the Interwetten Team announcing the deal:

Alex de Angelis substitute in the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team

It has been decided between the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team, the RSM Team Scot and HRC that Alex de Angelis will step in for the injured Hiroshi Aoyama after he crashed in the Warm up in Silverstone and broke his vertebrae T12.

Because of the good relationship between HRC and both of the mentioned above teams they recommended De Angelis as a substitute until Aoyama has fully recovered and will be back on his Honda RC212V. De Angelis accepted after the RSM Team Scot did let him know about the request by HRC and will start riding for the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team from Sachsenring on. After Aoyama is back to his team De Angelis will also return to the RSM Team Scot for the rest of the season.

Daniel M. Epp, Team Owner:

"This replacement solution is satisfying for everybody. I want to underline that of course I look forward to welcome back Hiroshi fully recovered latest in Aragón in September, but as the team's work has to go on, I am also happy that with Alex we have an experienced and powerful Honda rider, who already showed for example in Indianapolis last year what he is capable of achieving. He knows all the tracks that are coming now and I expect a lot from him."

Alex de Angelis:

"This is a very good chance for me and I am very happy. It is a very nice team with a Honda bike. I can come back to MotoGP through this opportunity. I will compete four or five races and have enough time to improve the settings and my feeling for the bike. So it is possible to have some good results, even though it is very difficult. I will do my best not to disappoint the team. I like all the tracks that are coming now and had success on each of them and I am looking forward for this new challenge."

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I think this is great. Although the class is already saturated in Italian/Spanish riders, I thought AdE did better than some others last year and deserved to keep his ride. Hope it works out for him.

good to hear. having test riders out there circulating 2 or 3 seconds off the pace is not good for anybody... im looking at you yamaha!
hope ADA goes well in the next few races, i think he could even podium

This is HRC taunting Yamaha...  "See, we are not afraid to go to the history books and use a replacement racer, not just a test rider."

Please, Yamaha, take up the challenge!