Alex de Angelis has taken huge pride in his first World Superbike podium as reward for his lengthy comeback from life-threatening injuries suffered less than a year ago which ended his MotoGP career.
Last October in FP4 ahead of the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi, de Aneglis crashed heavily sustaining head concussion, a lung contusion as well as several fractured vertebrae, ribs, sternum and collarbone injuries.
Incredibly, de Angelis returned to riding in February during the final World Superbike winter test ahead of the season opener having been retained by IodaRacing upon its switch from MotoGP to the production-based series.
After a series of solid results throughout his rookie World Superbike campaign, the former Moto2 race winner profited from the wet conditions in a rain-soaked race two at the Lausitzring to claim second place behind Jonathan Rea.
After returning to racing and scoring IodaRacing Aprilia's first podium in World Superbikes less than a year on from his horrific accident, the San Marino rider has hailed his 'amazing' achievement.
“Of course to be on the podium is something amazing,” de Angelis said. “Especially for me because it is my first one in this championship and also because I'm coming back from a very bad accident last year in Japan.
“It was really a long winter, doing a lot of rehabilitation. I am still not good but it was a really nice race and I'm very happy and I never gave up.”
Second place for de Angelis marked Aprilia's first podium in World Superbikes since Leon Haslam clinched victory in the final race of last season before the Italian manufacturer withdrew its factory effort to focus more efforts in MotoGP.