Former Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl looks set to fill the vacant Aprilia ride after walking away from the Forward Racing team.
The troubled MotoGP squad, whose boss Giovanni Curari is in custody on tax, fraud and money laundering charges, released the German rider from his contract as they look to regroup ahead of the upcoming US round in Indianapolis.
A statement said: “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, who has seen a return to form recently after a sluggish start to the season on board the Forward Yamaha, is expected to make the switch to the Noale team, filling the seat vacated by Marco Melandri. The move would be good for both parties – Bradl is a quick hard charger with a proven pedigree and his experience of Honda Factory machinery and the Yamaha satellite bike would assist Aprilia as they look to develop their race bike.