According to an official announcement by Aprilia, Bradley Smith is going to join their list of MotoGP test rider and he is to start in the next season. The Englishman will join the ranks of Andrea Iannone and AleixEspargaro in testing Aprilia motorbikes especially the RS-GP. Smith is also set to race as a wild card in a number of MotoGP events.
In 2019, there is going to be a new electric championship race by the MotoE and Smith is expected to join the race. The team to join him is not yet announced but there are rumours from the paddock that it might be none other than the Sepand squad.
Smith has won three times in the 125cc race and he is also a podium finisher during the Moto2. In 2013, he became a part of the premier-class along with the Tech3 skills. He spent four years of his career with Yamaha and within those timeframe he was able to take two podiums and for the world championship in 2016 he was announced the best of sixth in the entire race.
Smith champions the number 38 and he used to be a part of the KTM project last year. In the previous season, he was able to finish as tenth place in both races. He got the same result during his race in Germany despite knowing since May that he might not have his RC16 seat any longer. He has been race testing for the Austrian factory in order to develop 2019 parts since his team mate Pol Espargaro suffered an injury and the same with Mika Kallio, another test rider.
He was included in the list of possible test riders that might be included for the next season of KTM but because the factory decided not to have wild cards, Smith has to look for other opportunities. Jonas Folger bagged the test seat for Yamaha therefore Smith grabbed the Aprilia deal. There is also competition from Scott Redding in testing Aprilia motorbikes but his chances dwindles after strong comments were released by the Austrian company.