Alex De Angelis
Sammarinese, he was born in Rimini February on 26th February 1984 in a family where the passion for motors and speed can be considered hereditary. His father Vinicio, indeed, was a rally cars mechanic and he passed down this passion to his sons, Alex and his older brother William.
When Alex was 7, they were gifted with a minibike with which they started racing in Miramare’s track, right behind the corner.
WHEN YOU ARE BORN A PILOT
After the Campionato Italiano Minimoto (Italian Minibike Championship) and Trofeo Honda 125 (Honda Trophy 125), in 1999 he joined Team Matteoni taking part to the Campionato Italiano (Italian Championship) and to the Campionato Europeo 125 G.P. (European Championship 125 G.P.) placing respectively 2nd and 7th.
Good placements and devotion would soon reward him with the chance to race for World Championship. His debut was in Imola in 1999 where he started, as a wild card, at the last GP hosted by Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
From here his career took an escalation. In 2000he was still in Honda with Team Matteoni, he raced for the entire World Championship 125 winning “Rookie of the Year” trophy.
Il primo podio nel mondiale arriva nel 2002 in Germania ed Alex è in sella a un’Aprilia gestita dal team di Lucio Cecchinello. Il 2003 è l’anno delle soddisfazioni: il sammarinese si rende uno dei protagonisti assoluti della 125 e termina la sua stagione da vicecampione del mondo. Il secondo posto finale e la continuità nei risultati gli aprono le porte della classe 250 che affronta in sella all’Aprilia ufficiale, concludendo la stagione in quinta posizione.
In 2005 he wore the colors of MS Aprilia Italia Corse ending the season in 7th place, placing two times 2nd and 3rd. The following year (2006) he was the official driver for Aprilia Racing in Team Aspar earning the podium 11 times. In this season, closed in 3rd position, he reached also the first world victory in Valencia GP. Thanks to eight podiums during the following season he earned, for the second year in a row, the final 3rd place in ranking. In 2008 another promotion brought him in MotoGP class for the first time, competing for Team Gresini. That was not his best season but Alex showed his skills finishing 4th for two times, in Italy and in Germany. His first year in MotoGP class ended with a considerable 14th place. In 2009 , again with Gresini, the long awaited first class podium arrived. On 31st august in Indianapolis, the white-blue flag waved from the second step. Riding his Honda he finished at 4th place in Australia Grand Prix and in England Grand Prix, at 5th place in Assen (NL). These placements helped him finish his second year in the Queen Class as 8th in ranking.
In 2010 Alex De Angelis had to face the new Moto2 class first with Team Scot and then, after three races in MotoGP, with Team Interwetten. He finished the season with Team Jir with whom he won the Australian GP in a spectacular end of the season.
Same team also in 2011 during which Alex proved to remain one of the main racers with the 3rd place at Sachsering and the victory in Australian GP. He earned points at every race except one, ending the season 4th in ranking.
In 2012 began the partnership with NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team for the Moto2 Championship. The mid-season bike change forced Alex to restart the learning phase but satisfactions came as well with a 3rd place at Sachsering and the victory on the Malaysian track of Sepang. Unfortunately because of the injury occurred at Phillip Island, he had to finish his season with two races left.
Same team and same championship also in 2013 with a positive experience during summer riding a Ducati in Laguna Seca GP. With Desmosedici Gp13 for Ignite Pramac Team he ended the race as 11th.
In 2014 Alex started Moto2 Championship as solo driver for Team Tasca Racing. At the half of the season, from Czech Republic GP, Alex took the chance to race once again in MotoGp. He replaced, until the end of the season, Colin Edwards on Forward Yamaha for the Team NGM Mobile Forward. For 2015 he signs a contract with Octo IodaRacing Team with which he is racing in MotoGP Championship.
Nel 2014 Alex inizia il campionato Moto2 come unico pilota del Team Tasca Racing. A metà stagione, dal Gp della Repubblica Ceca, Alex coglie al volo l’opportunità di salire in MotoGp. Sostituisce fino al termine della stagione Colin Edwards sulla Forward Yamaha del team NGM Mobile Forward.
Alex rimane nella stessa classe anche nel 2015 con il team Octo IodaRacing. Purtroppo, nelle libere del sabato del Gp del Giappone, Alex è protagonista di un terribile incidente, il peggiore della sua carriera. Con la forza e la tenacia che da sempre lo contraddistinguono, Alex riesce a recuperare la sua condizione fisica e nel 2016 con il team IodaRacing debutta nel Campionato Superbike in sella all’Aprila RSV4. Tutto è nuovo ma i progressi sono costanti fino all’acuto, il secondo posto ottenuto in Gara2 del German Round.
Il 2017 inizia con la partecipazione al Campionato Superbike con la Kawasaki del Team Pedercini Racing e termina con il ritorno in Moto2, come wild card nel Gran Premio di casa con il Team Intact poi a Silverstone e Sepang nel Team Tasca.
Il 2018 è l’anno del cambiamento: Alex inizia la sua avventura di inviato dai box per Sky Motori per le gare di MotoGp e di coach del pilota Federico Fuligni (Moto2). A questo affianca l’attività di istruttore di corsi di guida.
Inviato, coach e pilota: nel 2019 Alex prosegue le attività intraprese l’anno precedente e fa il suo rientro nelle competizioni partecipando alla prima edizione del mondiale elettrico con il team Octo Pramac MotoE.