Ex-MotoGP rider de Angelis joins MotoE grid
Former MotoGP rider Alex de Angelis will return to grand prix racing next season with the Pramac Racing MotoE team.
De Angelis is a veteran of 61 premier class starts, having last raced in MotoGP in 2015 with the now-defunct Ioda team.
The 34-year-old Italian, a race winner at 250cc/Moto2 level, made a trio of starts in the intermediate category late last year as an injury substitute but in 2018 he switched to a rider coach role for Federico Fuligni.
However, de Angelis will return to competitive action in 2019 as he takes on the all-new five-round MotoE World Cup.
He is joined in the two-bike Pramac team by Aussie racer Josh Hook, who claimed the 2017/18 FIM Endurance World Championship title back in July in the Suzuka 8 Hours.
"I'm excited to be part of this project and I'm very pleased to be back on this team with which I've already had a very happy experience [with Pramac] in Laguna Seca in 2013 [when he replaced an injured Andrea Iannone]," said de Angelis.
"It's a very professional team and I'm sure they can give me that extra help to do well. I've been off the track for a year now and that's why I'm so keen to get back on track at Jerez: it's going to be a good break-in for me and for the new bike.
"I would like to thank [Pramac owner] Paolo Campinoti and [team boss] Francesco Guidotti for giving me this opportunity. I know the team's deep competition spirit and I will do my best to achieve great results".
One of Hook's 2017/18 EWC teammates, Freddy Foray, will also race in MotoE next season, having been confirmed this week by Tech 3 alongside Spanish Moto2 regular Hector Garzo.
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