Two-time podium finisher Xavier Simeon will race for LCR E-Team in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup next season, making the switch from Avintia Esponsorama Racing to join Niccolo Canepa.
Simeon finished second at Red Bull Ring and third at Misano en route to sixth in the final standings after the inaugural season of MotoE.
The Belgian has moved to LCR E-Team in the first round of rider lineup changes ahead of the 2020 season, which gets underway in May.
Simeon previously raced in Moto2 for several seasons before moving up to MotoGP with Avintia Ducati in 2018 ahead of his switch to the electric MotoE class.
His lengthy stint in Moto2 and recent experience in the premier class made 30-year-old Simeon one of the most experienced riders in MotoE.
“After a first year of learning in this brand new electric championship, I am very happy to join the LCR E-Team for my second season in MotoE,” he said.
“It is a great opportunity, especially because it’s a very professional team offering quality support. I’m sure we’ll do great things together.
“With two podiums last season, the main goal next year will be to win as many races as possible and fight for the Cup.”
Simeon joins Canepa at LCR, replacing Randy de Puniet after a challenging campaign that left the Frenchman 17th in the standings.
“The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup was a challenge for the organizers, for the teams and for the riders, but everyone’s work produced a unique and exciting championship for two-wheel racing fans and we are very proud to be part of this project,” said team principal Lucio Cecchinello.
“I really want to thank Niccolo and Randy because they proved to be real professionals at their debut with the electric bikes.
“I am happy to announce a brand-new collaboration with Xavier Simeon, and a renewal of the partnership with Niccolo Canepa for the 2020 season: they are both experienced and talented riders who make a perfect combination for the LCR E-Team.”