Bradl confirms Aprilia interest

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With Forward Racing not taking part in next weekend's Indianapolis Grand Prix Stefan Bradl has been confirmed fit to race and is now on the lookout for a new ride. The German, a former Moto2 world champion, has been heavily linked with a move to Aprilia and speaking to Speedweek he confirmed that talks are taking place.

"There is a contact, it is of interest," admitted Bradl. "There is a question mark as to whether cooperation can come about in such a short time. In Indianapolis, the training starts in eight days, Brno will be held the following weekend. That's all very short notice. It still requires many clarifications and authorizations. Finally, it must still approve also the selection committee. It's not quite as simple as you could imagine so many outsider as a team change in the middle of the season."

Forward Racing confirmed to MCN that Bradl is still under contract and will need to find an agreement with the team if he is to be able to leave. The team said they are "open to the possibility" of letting Bradl race elsewhere if he finds a team offering him a ride. 

The move to Aprilia has been heavily speculated and the team have not made steps to confirm their rider for next week with Michael Laverty having stood in for Marco Melandri in Germany. The decision could be made as early as today.

With his wrist injury now cleared up and having been confirmed as fit to race in America Bradl is keen to get on a bike as soon as possible. The Aprilia would be very appealing to him as it would offer him a seat on a factory squad that has improved their fortunes throughout the year.

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Steve English

By Steve English