Former MotoGP star Alex De Angelis says he is unsure of his fitness level ahead of his World Superbike debut at the Phillip Island test.
The Italian is still recovering from a massive crash at Motegi’s MotoGP round and hasn’t yet ridden a Superbike, let alone the works-backed Ioda Aprilias he will campaign this season.
“My current physical condition is as yet unkown; since the crash I’ve not ridden and the test before Phillip Island will also be important for that reason. I can’t fully contract my biceps and so I don’t have much strength in my right arm. It’s all a question of time,” he said.
“In the test I’ll get my first taste of a Superbike, which I’ve never tried before. I’m sure that IodaRacing have a greater chance of doing well in WorldSBK as opposed to MotoGP and I hope to get back into the top positions, which I haven’t been able to do for a while and I miss it. The Aprilia was a winning bike at the end of 2015 and we will have to see what the difference is now after the other marques have been working over the winter.
“I expect and hope that Aprilia won’t just prove a supplier but also an integral part of the team. I regret not having been able to test over the winter, but it is what it is and we’ll use the first couple of races as a test and make progress as soon as possible.”