Moto3 ace Di Giannantonio seals Moto2 promotion

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The 19-year-old Italian will partner Jorge Navarro at the team next season, the Spaniard likewise signed through to 2020.

“I'm happy and ready to start this new adventure,” Di Giannantonio said. “Moto2 is a demanding category, and in the beginning it will take me some time to adapt, but my desire to learn is great and I'm sure the team can help me.”

The announcement signifies an all-new line-up for the team, which has fielded a pair of Speed Up SF18 bikes for MotoGP-bound Fabio Quartararo and former Moto3 champion Danny Kent this year.

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Kent, who had initially joined the team on a 2018-19 deal, has already been let go, with Edgar Pons taking his place for the rest of the current campaign.

Team boss Luca Boscoscuro said: “I am really pleased to announce that Fabio Di Giannantonio will be with us for the next two seasons.

“Having Fabio at Speed Up presents us a new and exciting challenge, and we will fight together to achieve excellent results.

“Fabio is a talented young man and has what it takes to compete in Moto2.”

Di Giannantonio is in his third full Moto3 season, having finished sixth in his rookie year and fifth in the sophomore campaign.

However, it took the Italian – who sits third, 41 points behind leader Jorge Martin, in the current standings - until this year's Brno race to notch up his first lightweight-class win.

Di Giannantonio has raced for Gresini since joining the grand prix paddock, but the relationship between the rider and team owner Fausto Gresini soured amid a contractual dispute for 2019.

2019 Moto2 line-up so far:

Marc VDS

 Alex Marquez

 Xavi Vierge

Ajo KTM

 Jorge Martin

 Brad Binder

Tech 3 KTM

 Marco Bezzecchi

 Philipp Oettl

Intact GP

 Tom Luthi

 Marcel Schrotter

Sky Racing VR46

 Luca Marini

 Nicolo Bulega

CGBM Evolution

 Joe Roberts 

 Iker Lecuona

MV Agusta Forward Racing

TBA

Speed Up

 Jorge Navarro

Fabio Di Giannantonio

Italtrans

 Andrea Locatelli

 Enea Bastianini

Angel Nieto Team

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 Jake Dixon

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Tasca Racing

 Simone Corsi

Gresini Racing

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 Sam Lowes

Petronas-SIC

 Khairul Idham Pawi 

NTS RW Racing

 Bo Bendsneyder

 Steven Odendaal

Honda Team Asia

TBA

Kiefer Racing

TBA

Pons HP40

TBA

SAG Team

TBA

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