Alex de Angelis will return to the Moto2 class for the first time since 2014, at Silverstone this weekend.

The Sammarinese is to replace the injured Xavier Simeon at Tasca Racing (Kalex), after the Belgian rider suffered an arm fracture in Austria.

De Angelis has been absent from the grand prix paddock since serious injuries during practice for the 2015 Japanese MotoGP, spending the last two seasons in WorldSBK.

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"It was a huge pleasure to receive and accept Team Manager Enrico Tasca's proposal to participate in the British Grand Prix, and it's great to go back to Moto2 with a team I've raced with before," said de Angelis, who raced a Suter for the team in 2014.

"It’s a great emotion, especially since I had to leave the grand prix paddock in a helicopter last time.

"This opportunity also comes after at a time when I am looking for solutions for my future [after splitting from Pedercini Kawasaki in Superbike]. So I hope this race is also a good business card for next season, although it will not be easy to ride on a circuit I know little and without testing.

"No one expects great results but be assured that I will go to the track to give the best and to get the most out of it, as I've always done."

de Angelis is a triple Moto2 race winner and finished a best of fourth overall in the 2011 world championship.