Bradley Smith was Aprilia’s emergency solution to replace Andrea Iannone. The Italian’s doping sanction, reaffirmed and extended to 4 years by the CAS, has left Noale’s signature with the need to find a pilot to accompany Aleix Espargaró in the 2021 campaign MotoGP. A vacancy for which several pilots sound, but in which Bradley Smith may have preferential option after competing in the first eleven Grands Prix this year with the Aprilia RS-GP. Although Smith has been replaced by Lorenzo Salvadori in recent races, his options are not only intact, they appear to have increased.
In fact, Massimo rivolaCEO of Aprilia, has assured that Bradley Smith represents a valid and interesting option for the brand in the race for the team’s second bike, although the firm does not lose track of the new emerging talents in Moto2: «Regarding the second driver, I have to say that Bradley Smith is a very valid option. He is a very experienced pilot and could have a chance. However, we also look at the young talent market in Moto2. The category is a good preparation for MotoGP and there are many high-level young riders».
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Among the rumors and pools that are around the second Aprilia RS-GP for 2021, Bradley Smith occupies a preferred position. However, Aprilia also does not lose track of the pilots as Marco Bezzechi and Fabio Di Giannantonio. However, it should be remembered in this regard that Bezzechi has a contract with the VR46 Moto2 team for next year, while Di Giannantonio will move to the Gresini team with a view to securing a possible MotoGP seat for 2022. In addition, in Italy they assure that Chaz Davies, a former MotoGP rider, would also be among the candidates.