Stefan Bradl's departure from the Forward Racing MotoGP team has now been officially confirmed.

It is assumed the German will move to the Aprilia team for the remainder of this season, taking over the seat recently vacated by Marco Melandri.

"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 a Forward statement.

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"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 endeavours."

Bradl's departure follows the arrest of team owner Giovanni Cuzari and the team's withdraw from the forthcoming Indianapolis round due to funding issues caused by the ongoing police investigation.