Alex de Angelis will remain in MotoGP next season after a surprise move to Iodaracing.

The Sammarinese returned to the premier-class in place of Colin Edwards midway through this season, but was not retained by Forward Yamaha and looked set to switch to World Superbikes in 2015.

However de Angelis will now take over from Pramac-bound Danilo Petrucci at Ioda, having signed a two-year deal on the eve of this weekend's Valencia finale.

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"I am very happy that I have reached a two-year agreement with Team Octo Iodaracing," said de Angelis, who rode his first MotoGP season back in 2008. "This enhances even more my decision to leave Moto2 for MotoGP [mid-season].

"We will begin immediately by testing on Monday to see our potential and I am very happy about this because being a newcomer in the premier class, I need to do a lot of kilometres. Thanks to Giampiero Sacchi for his confidence in me and for organising everything in such a short time. "

It is assumed that Ioda will continue with Aprilia machinery next season, the ART due to be upgraded for Aprilia's new factory Gresini team.

Petrucci is 20th in the world championship with a best race finish of eleventh.

de Angelis has a best race result of ninth on the Forward Yamaha.