Aprilia’s home GP at Misano Adriatico is also the chance for an important formalisation. MotoGP rider Bradley Smith will join the Aprilia Test Team for 2019 and will also compete astride the RS-GP in a series of wildcards during next season. The arrival of the British rider, runner-up 125 champion in 2009 on Aprilia, is part of the racing department’s reorganisation and reinforcing process to consolidate the Aprilia MotoGP project.
Bradley Smith was born in 1980
He took his first steps in motorcycle racing at a very young age in motocross. Later the rider made his début in the single-brand Aprilia Superteens where he was quickly in the limelight. Smith moved up to the 125 World Championship class in 2006. He took his first podium finish the following year. He was then runner-up champion in the category in 2009, whereas in 2011 and 2012 he raced in the intermediate Moto2 class. Bradley’s MotoGP experience began in 2013. He has finished twice on the podium and taken a series of top 10 placements. His trophy collection also includes one from the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours, won in 2015.