Lukas 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