Monday, August 3

BRADL TO GRESINI APRILIA


Twenty-five year old German rider Stefan Bradl, the 2011 Moto2 World Champion, will take part in the remaining nine 2015 MotoGP World Championship races astride the second Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP alongside Alvaro Bautista.

He replaces Italian Marco Melandri in the team.  Melandri was let go for non-performance in July and Bradl's career was uncertain following the recent incarceration of Forward Racing boss Giovanni Cuzari.

Bradl will make his first appearance on the Aprilia RS-GP at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 7-9.

Born in the Bavarian city of Augusta on November 29, 1989, Bradl made his debut in World Championship motorcycle racing in the 125cc category in 2005. 
In 2008 he took two wins and finished the season fourth in the overall standings. 

In 2010 he moved to Moto2, a category where he would be crowned World Champion the following year thanks to four wins. 

His rookie year in MotoGP came in 2012 astride a Honda, a bike that Bradl raced for another two seasons, taking a second place finish in the 2013 United States Grand Prix as his best result. 

This season Bradl has participated in the first eight Grand Prix races on the calendar astride the Forward Racing team Open class Yamaha, earning nine points.  A fractured scaphoid in his right wrist suffered during the Dutch GP at Assen forced him to miss his home race at Sachsenring on July 12.

With the Forward Racing team in disarray after its team owner was arrested (for more on that click here ), Bradl's management team has moved quickly to secure a place for him to keep him on the MotoGP grid.