Italian road racer Alex De Angelis has announced his retirement from racing. A former MotoGP-class racer, De Angelis will race his final race in the MotoE class at Le Mans, France, on October 11, 2020.
Born in San Marino, Italy, De Angelis started riding motorcycles at age 7 with a minibike, moving through Minimoto and 125cc racing at the local, then national, then European championships.
De Angelis reached the World Championship level in 1999 in the 125cc class, winning Rookie of the Year in his first full season in 2000. In 2003 he was second overall in the 125cc World Championship to winner Dani Pedrosa, before moving up to 250cc in 2004. His best season in 250cc was third overall in 2007, behind second place Andrea Dovizioso and World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Moving up to the premiere MotoGP class in 2008 for Gresini Honda, De Angelis stayed until 2010, when he moved to the new Moto2 class, although he would return to the MotoGP class several times between 2013 and 2015. De Angelis’ final seasons of racing were in the MotoE class, which uses electric-powered motorcycles. De Angelis raced for several manufacturers in his career, notably Honda, Aprilia, Suter, Ducati, Yamaha, and most recently Energica.
De Angelis has stated that he has been and will continue to be involved in motorcycle racing as a team manager, TV commentator, and racing instructor with the Italian Motorcycle Federation.
Source: mcnews.com.au, alexdeangelis.com