Alex de Angelis looks set to be the latest rider to confirm a switch from MotoGP to the World Superbike Championship in 2015 having been linked to Ducati and Aprilia.
The Sammarinese made his MotoGP debut in 2008 and has since gone on to make 44 starts in the premier class, with a best finish of second place at the 2009 Indianapolis Grand Prix, while he is also a race winner at Moto2 level.
Currently competing on the Forward Yamaha in MotoGP after being drafted in mid-season to replace the retired Colin Edwards, de Angelis says it remains his aim to stay on a 'big bike' for 2015, meaning he will choose between MotoGP and WSBK.
However, with MotoGP options now limited to Aprilia, Avintia Ducati and IodaRacing, de Angelis has been linked to rides in WSBK and his presence during the recent event in Magny-Cours has only fuelled speculation further.
Rumoured to be in talks with Althea Ducati to ride an 1199 Panigale alongside former Moto2 rival Nico Terol or to join an Aprilia team, de Angelis believes either model could be most competitive under the new regulations.
“There are no competitive MotoGP rides left,” he told Crash.net
. “I think at the moment the main possibility is to go to Superbike, with Ducati or Aprilia. I've never tried a Superbike and also next year the World Superbike rules are changing, so everything will be new.”
Should de Angelis confirm a place in WSBK for 2015 he will follow Randy de Puniet in making the move from MotoGP, the Frenchman having this week announced a ride with Crescent Suzuki