Bradl released by Forward, free to sign elsewhere

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Stefan Bradl's path to an Aprilia MotoGP ride has been cleared by his release from Forward Racing with the Italian team confirming the news this afternoon.

"Forward Racing and Stefan Bradl have reached an agreement by mutual consent to terminate the contractual obligations between the German rider and the Swiss team," said the team in a statement. "This difficult decision – the result of an agreement between the parties - has been taken in front of the concrete possibility for the rider to continue his participation in the World Championship and to ensure and protect his sport activity and his interests. Forward Racing agreed to free him from the next race scheduled on August 9 and wishes Stefan all the best in his future endeavors."

Bradl joined Forward this year following three years at LCR Honda and now looks certain to race for Aprilia from next weekend's race at Indiapolis onwards.

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Steve English

By Steve English