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Lukas Pesek secures Ioda MotoGP CRT ride

Lukas PesekLukas Pesek will make his MotoGP debut on Ioda's second Suter-BMW CRT entry in 2013.

The 27-year-old Czech rider was a 125cc frontrunner in the mid-2000s, with fourth in the '07 championship his career highlight.

He last raced at world championship level in Moto2 in 2010, and has since been limited to partial programmes in Spanish and German domestic series and a brief World Supersport appearance.

Team boss Giampiero Sacchi said: "Lukas's return is very welcome - he wrote some great pages of Derbi's history in 125cc working alongside some of our current team members.

"It's a tough challenge lying ahead of him but I'm sure he can do well in the premier class."

Pesek joins existing Ioda rider Danilo Petrucci in the squad.

2013 MotoGP entry list:

Yamaha                 Jorge Lorenzo     Valentino Rossi
Honda                  Dani Pedrosa      Marc Marquez
Tech 3 Yamaha          Cal Crutchlow     Bradley Smith
Ducati                 Andrea Dovizioso  Nicky Hayden     Michele Pirro*
Gresini Honda          Alvaro Bautista
Gresini FTR-Honda      Bryan Staring
Aspar Aprilia          Aleix Espargaro   Randy de Puniet
LCR Honda              Stefan Bradl
Pramac Ducati          Ben Spies         Andrea Iannone
Cardion Aprilia        Karel Abraham
Avintia FTR-Kawasaki   Hector Barbera    Hiroshi Aoyama
Paul Bird Aprilia      Yonny Hernandez
Paul Bird PBM-Aprilia  Michael Laverty
Ioda Suter-BMW         Danilo Petrucci   Lukas Pesek
Forward FTR-Kawasaki   Colin Edwards     Claudio Corti

* Three rounds only

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