Former MotoGP rider Alex De Angelis has recieved the call to fill the seat that it supposed to belong to Ben Spies at the Pramac Ducati satellite outfit for the Laguna Seca round of the MotoGP World Championship.
The injured American is not expected to return until Indianapolis (August 18) at the earliest and his regular replacement for the season Michele Pirro is already booked for test duties with Ducati for the weekend of July 23-25 in Misano, so as De Angelis will not be required by his Forward Racing Moto2 team – neither of the two support classes race in Laguna – they have released him to appear in MotoGP that weekend.
Pirro has so far scored points in all his MotoGP appearances either on the Ducati test bike, which is meant to be his main job for the year or as a replacement rider for Spies.
De Angelis is no stranger to the MotoGP class himself, the San Marino rider had a Honda Gresini seat for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, where he had a best result of second at Indianapolis, he later stood in for Hiroshi Aoyama while injured for three races for Interwetten Honda in 2010.
It was rumoured that both former MotoGP race winner and Moto2 champion Toni Elias and American Roger Lee Hayden were also considered as possibles to fill the temporary position.
To prepare De Angelis will now attend the Ducati test in Misano this Thursday along with factory team racers Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizoso and his future Pramac team-mate – for one race only- Andrea Iannone.
As a reminder of his character here’s a look at Alex’s choice of helmets, usually loud and mutlicoloured and stripey thanks to the inclusion of the San Marino flag and often carrying his wasp motif after he claimed to have one inside his helmet during a MotoGP race.