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De Angelis ready to make the jump to 250s with factory Aprilia
Alex De Angelis, 2003 125cc Vice Champion, is set to start the 2004 250cc campaign as a member of the factory Aprilia line-up. The rider from San Marino had already expressed his desire to move to the quarter-litre class while entering the final stages of this season. The youngster's ambition now looks likely to be a reality after an agreement was reached with the Italian firm based in Noale for the next two years.De Angelis will become a member of the Aprilia works representative with the name and sponsors of a team still be to confirmed while under the charge of Giovanni Sandi, one of the most respected and experienced technicians in the GP paddock. "I am really excited with this deal that lets me move up a class with the right backing. It was exactly what I wanted and now I am just waiting for the chance to test the new bike, even though this probably wont be until the end of January," explained the 19 year old, who becomes team-mate and direct rival to his countryman Manuel Poggiali. De Angelis is of the opinion that he can make the same kind of advancement and impact that his former 125cc rival forced in 2003. "It is kind of curious that two riders from San Marino can ride for the same manufacturer and with the same bikes. I really hope my debut can be equally as spectacular as his! In whatever case, I think that technically the bikes will be more or less the same, more so at the start of the season. I imagine then we will both modify our own characteristics." At this moment in time De Angelis has not neglected his training routine and everyday hits the gym while alternating in between cycling and motocross, even though he is due for a break in the next week or so to spend some time in Barcelona for Christmas.
14 years ago
14 years ago