NGM Forward Racing has signed Stefan Bradl to race in the 2015 MotoGP season. Bradl will ride the Forward Yamaha Open class machine next season after spending his entire premier-class career with the LCR Honda team riding the RC213V.
“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Stefan Bradl in our team,” says Giovanni Cuzari, Forward Racing team owner. “We believe that Stefan is a strong rider and our package suits his riding style very well and we look forward to start this new cooperation. Moreover, Germany represents an important market and it’s important to have a strong German rider in our line up.”
Bradl entered the MotoGP class in 2012 after winning the Moto2 World Championship the previous season ahead of one Marc Marquez. In two and a half seasons with LCR Honda, Bradl has been a fairly consistent rider routinely finishing a respectable fifth or sixth place behind the factory team racers. Bradl’s sole MotoGP podium was a second place finish in last year’s U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Next season, Bradl will ride one of NGM-Forward’s two Yamaha M1-powered Open-class machines, replacing the retiring Colin Edwards. Forward Racing still needs to sign a second rider with Aleix Espargaro‘s contract up and the Spanish racer reportedly considering a jump to the new Suzuki entry.
LCR Honda has already signed Bradl’s replacement, inking current Ducati factory rider Cal Crutchlow.
[Source: Forward Racing]