Michael Laverty has played down his chances of racing for Aprilia in MotoGP at Indianapolis, paving the way for Stefan Bradl to secure the vacant race seat for the remainder of the 2015 season.

The former PBM MotoGP rider acted as stand in for Aprilia in Germany after Marco Melandri departed from the Italian manufacturer just days before the action began at Sachsenring. After finishing 20th in Germany Laverty had been eyeing the race seat for the rest of the year and compete alongside his MCE British Superbike commitments with Tyco BMW.

However, talks with Aprilia this week have revealed the team is looking to swoop for Bradl, who recently split from Forward Yamaha after team owner Giovanni Cuzari was arrested in Switzerland and the team pulled out of racing in the US next week.

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"I think someone else is going to be on it [Aprilia's second race bike]," Laverty said. "They should let me know by the end of the weekend. They shipped my kit on Tuesday and they have been keeping me on as backup for the past few days."

Laverty also says he's likely to be left in the dark until the end of this weekend and could still be called upon if Aprilia and Bradl do not reach an agreement in time.

"I'm still on standby," he confirmed. "They never told me who they were trying to sign but they had been trying for the past week. If they get that contract done I'll not be needed at Indy but if they don't get it done in time they may still need me.

"Unfortunately as the test rider I am also reserve and replacement rider so they expect to be able to call on me at the last minute so if it doesn't happen then they will call me up. That is the position I signed myself up for so can't really complain."

What complicates Aprilia's dilemma is Bradl's injury after he broke his hand at Assen. The German's initial timetabled return to MotoGP action had been Indianapolis but the team may not opt to risk him and delay the switch until Brno a week later.

Laverty also confirmed his focus still remains on fighting for wins in BSB with Tyco BMW alongside his work with Aprilia as its test rider.

"The priority has always been here so I will continue to concentrate in BSB," he said. "If I am called up to do another MotoGP race then fair enough I will get on with it but until then we will crack on in BSB while also carrying on behind the scenes work and testing with Aprilia."