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Aprilia to swoop for Bradl amidst Forward furore?

As Forward Racing's future in MotoGP remains unclear, the way could be cleared for Aprilia to make a swoop for Stefan Bradl.
Forward Racing says it is still keen to retain agreements with its MotoGP and Moto2 riders despite its uncertain future following the arrest of its owner and subsequent withdrawal from the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

In the wake of Giovanni Cuzari's arrest in Switzerland, Forward Racing will not travel to the United States for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship, with its immediate plans beyond also unclear.

Though team manager Marco Curioni is confident the team will be back in action for the next round in Brno less than a week later, with sponsors reportedly backing away, it is considered the riders may well follow suit.

Of particular interest is Bradl, who was supposed to return to MotoGP action at Indianapolis following a hand injury, as he is considered a prime candidate for a potential swoop by Aprilia to fill its currently vacant second seat alongside Alvaro Bautista.

Though he has endured a difficult first-half of the season on the Forward Yamaha having been dropped by LCR Honda after three years, the former Moto2 champion is still considered a valuable asset for Dorna as the only German in MotoGP.

A spokesperson from Forward Racing was unable to shed any further light, other than to say 'in this difficult situation for the team we are open to find an agreement with the riders, but at the moment nothing is official'. However, Curioni has told that a potential deal with a rival team could prove mutually beneficial.

“Should there be such an eventuality, we will seek an agreement with the riders. This would also enable the team also save some money.”

It is also unclear what would happen to Bradl's team-mate Loris Baz, as well as its Moto2 riders Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassari.

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