Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 31 Jul 2015
Stefan Bradl has opted to terminate his contract with Forward Racing in light of the team’s difficulties following the team owner’s arrest.
Giovanni Cuzari was arrested in Switzerland earlier this month and all of his were assets frozen. This means the Forward Racing team cannot access the money they need to take the team to Indianapolis, despite the bikes already being there.
Earlier this week the team’s management made the call to miss Indianapolis in order to focus on re-grouping ahead of Brno.
With the team unable to guarantee riders that they can commit to the remainder of the season, Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz are within their rights to terminate their contracts and the German rider has done just that.
It is believed he will now take over the seat left vacant after Marco Melandri and Aprilia’s relationship came to an end.
British Superbike star Michael Laverty filled in for Melandri at Sachsenring, but with the Ulsterman unable to commit to the rest of the season Bradl provides a more favourable option for the Italian marque.
A statement released by Forward Racing read: “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.
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 9th and wishes Stefan all the best in his future endeavour.”