World Superbike entry list confirms Ioda, de Angelis

The Ioda MotoGP team has completed a deal to switch to World Superbikes in 2016, with Alex de Angelis appearing on the provisional entry list for the Italian outfit.

Giampiero Sacchi's team will run a pair of Aprilia RSV4s in the production-based series, ensuring the Noale-based firm remains represented on the World Superbike grid.

It marks an end to four-season stint in MotoGP for Ioda, which first joined Grand Prix racing's premier class as a Claiming Rule Team entry in 2012 with Danilo Petrucci as its sole rider.

Petrucci took the team's best ever result of eighth in that year's rain-soaked Valencia race.

Ioda switched to the Aprilia RSV4-derived ART machine in 2014, but the arrival of customer machinery from Yamaha, Honda and Ducati in the rebadged 'Open' class rendered it uncompetitive.

It persevered with de Angelis in 2015, the Sammarinese rider scoring two points before his season was ended prematurely by a violent crash during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

The 31-year-old however has since recovered, and will make his World Superbike debut this month at Phillip Island after 16 successive seasons in the Grand Prix paddock that yielded four wins, all in the 250cc/Moto2 class.

His teammate will be 22-year-old Italian rider Lorenzo Savadori, the reigning champion in the Superstock 1000 class.

The arrival of Ioda in World Superbikes bolsters the total entry to 24 bikes, while reducing the size of the MotoGP grid to just 21 - its lowest level since 2012.

Provisional WSBK entry list:

No.

Rider

Team

Bike

1

 Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki Racing Team

Kawasaki

2  Leon Camier MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
7  Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati
9  Dominic Schmitter Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
10  Imre Toth Team Toth Yamaha
11  Saeed Al Sulaiti Pedercini Racing Kawasaki

12

 Xavi Fores

Barni Racing Team

Ducati

15

 Alex de Angelis

IodaRacing Team

Aprilia

16

 Josh Hook

Grillini Racing Team

Kawasaki

17

 Karel Abraham

Milwaukee BMW

BMW

20

 Sylvain Barrier

Pedercini Racing

Kawasaki

21

 Markus Reiterberger

Althea Racing

BMW

22

 Alex Lowes

Pata Crescent Yamaha

Yamaha

25

 Josh Brookes

Milwaukee BMW

BMW

32

 Lorenzo Savadori

IodaRacing Team

Aprilia

34

 Davide Giugliano

Aruba.it Racing - Ducati

Ducati

40

 Roman Ramos

Team Go Eleven

Kawasaki

50

 Sylvain Guintoli 

Pata Crescent Yamaha  Yamaha 

56

 Peter Sebestyen 

Team Toth  Yamaha 

60

 Michael van der Mark

Honda World Superbike Team Honda

61

 Fabio Menghi

VFT Racing Ducati

66

 Tom Sykes

Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki

69

 Nicky Hayden

Honda World Superbike Team Honda

81

 Jordi Torres

Althea Racing BMW

 

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Series World Superbike , MotoGP
Drivers Alex de Angelis
Teams Ioda Racing Project
Article type Breaking news