Alex De Angelis Likely To Replace Aoyama, Pitt In For De Angelis

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.

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...is the rest of the paddock getting very vervous (along with significant muttering from Hayden and Edwards).

I wonder if the "negotiations" include putting AdA on an engine and parts quota.  There needs to be something to ride when Aoyama gets back, and that stuff gets expensive.

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If I remember correctly, one part of the reasoning to use test riders was that they won't do anything stupid and possibly take any engines out of the quota for the "resident riders". That bit might get a little tricky with De Angelis on the bike. I'm certainly glad for him to get another shot at the MotoGP class and we possibly even get more interesting racing out of it, but he himself might get a tad overexcited and we've already seen how that can end. :/

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It would almost be better to have those test riders. Atleast they wouldn't be getting in the way and they don't have anything to prove. DeAngerous is gonna be racing like a contract depends on it, just like last season.
I bet Elias wished he wasn't doing so well in moto2. IMO DeAngelis is the least deserving for a GP ride. Get Ant, get Pasini (if thats legal), get an SBK guy, hell get Canapa. Elias finished inside the top 10 last season and ahead of De Angelis, he should have had a ride this year.

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I heard that De Angelis was being released from his team/contract as they don't have the funds to pay his "salary"...how can they afford Andrew Pitt who I thought already has a contract to race in the BSB?

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Ho hum - that's a tired old line Rusty, normally rolled out by the zoombies on MCN.

Yes Alex has made some mistakes and taken others out. But who at this level hasn't? Doohan (separately) on Lawson and Schwantz when he was a youngster springs to mind.

De Puniet used to be castigated as a 'crasher' yet look at how he has matured in the last two years. Albeit still with a wildman style.

Alex has a very good MotoGP record. Multiple fourths and a second. In his rookie year in 2008 he was only 6 secs off race winner Rossi in the dry at Mugello.

Alex will ruffle a few feathers (with pace) hopefully and good on him.

Total votes: 60

Alex de Angelis had a tough rookie season as he was very prone to crash, but last year he has shown his value sometimes outracing Dovi or Dani. The only reason he went back was lack of sponsorship. I'm sure he is above many riders, specially the rookies. However this year rookies are really suffering because of the reduction in testing. Unless testing goes back to normal, the gap between the good and the amazingly good will increase.

Total votes: 53

So can someone tell me why Ant West hasn't got the call from yamaha and rossi's team?

1. He is available if the MZ rumours are to be believed.
2. He is an Aussie and would work well in an Aussie team
3. He has 800cc motogp experience.
4. He seemed to have a good relationship with Yamaha (supersport).
5. He knows the circuits.
6. Deserves a chance (even for only 3 rounds) on a factory machine.

My only thoughts are that maybe JB doesn't like him?

Total votes: 65

I expected more from Ant just based on early days riding. I was impressed. He's dissapointed since and IMO that is why.

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I would love to see Ant West on a competitive ride in any series jut to see how good he could be.

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He was given a top bike in the 2007 World Supersport season for 3 races and scored a 3rd and two 1sts (one in the wet). In 2009 he was with the Stiggy Honda squad and achieved two 2nd places and a 3rd, in what was probably the third best of the Honda teams.

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I'd describe DeAngelis as a socially maladjusted pariah of sorts, but he can ride. During his time at Gresini, he was on satellite Hondas that still had spring valves (2008) and lower rev limits to increase longevity and reduce operating costs (2009). For 2010, DeAngelis will be riding the best equipment (relative to the field) he's ever had.

Aoyama is no slouch, but DeAngelis has scored good results over the two years he rode a Honda RC212V on Bridgestone tires. As long as he doesn't go through his entire engine allocation in one crash-filled session, Interwetten should be over the money to have someone who can definitely score results.

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