Alex De Angelis has signed a contract that will see him back with Team JiR for next year's Moto2 World Championship, the deal making De Angelis the number-one rider in the team - a position from which he hopes to build on his performance from 2010. The highlight of De Angelis' 2010 season was his victory in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. In addition to his lone win, the Italian finished on the podium two other times.De Angelis started the season in MotoGP, making three starts before switching to Moto2 for the remaining 12 races. Prior to moving to MotoGP, the Italian finished third twice in the 250cc World Championship in 2006 and 2007."I'm very satisfied with the agreement we have found with JiR for 2011," De Angelis said in a team release. "I have found positive surroundings and a professional team and the MotoBI has shown since the very beginning it can be very competitive. Consequently it has given us the relevant excellent results. JiR's project is a good project, I feel confident going on my winter vacation and I have big expectations for 2011. The championship forces us to a winter break without being allowed to test therefore I'll have some rest and start my physical training. I have already given the team my evaluations on which technical course to follow during winter, also supported by the data they collected in 2010. Of course competitors will develop as well, but we stay focused on our project to arrive highly competitive to next year."Team owner Luca Montiron is happy to have De Angelis back in the fold."This first season in Moto2 has been positive, although Alex joined us only at the end of the season he'd been the rider that collected the biggest amount of points in the last five races, which is a positive mark for next year, while Simone Corsi ended his championship in fifth place," Montiron said. "Of course, I'm happy for the agreement that we have found with Alex, he is a competitive rider and also a guy who aims to improve himself and grow together with our project. We are bounded by a common ambition, JiR has been invested for the second year in a row of the responsibility of main team for the technical development of TSR's frames therefore I'm confident we will provide Alex with a tailor-made MotoBI on which he can win. Of course the championship will be a hard battle so the results on track will talk by themselves. Next year will be vital for the progression of other projects that JiR has in development for the future."

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