Ahead of Sachsenring MotoGP – round nine that took place ahead of the month-long summer break – Marco Melandri split with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini. The 32-year-old Italian was clearly frustrated with the RS-GP, and severed his ties with the team. This left Alvaro Bautista as the sole Aprilia RS-GP pilot for that round, and Aprilia did not announce a substitute rider.But that changed this past weekend when Aprilia announced that the 2011 Moto2 Champion, Stefan Bradl, will fill the vacancy left by Melandri for the remaining nine races of 2015 MotoGP. Bradl’s first appearance with the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini will be this weekend at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix (August 7-9).
The 25-year-old German competed in the opening eight races aboard the Forward Racing Team Open Class Yamaha, earning nine points. He was forced to miss his home GP at Sachsenring due to a fractured schaphoid he sustained at round eight – the Dutch GP. He has since recovered, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini reports.Born in the Bavarian city of Augusta on Nov. 29, 1989, Bradl made his debut in World Championship Motorycle racing in the 125cc category in 2005. In 2008 he took two wins and finished the season fourth in the overall standings. In 2010 he moved to Moto2, a category where he would be crowned World Champion the following year thanks to four wins.His rookie year in MotoGP came in 2012 astride a Honda, a bike that Bradl raced for another two seasons, taking a second place finish in the 2013 United States Grand Prix as his best result.
Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark + Chip Doherty with Neale Bayly
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This week, in the first segment Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to us about the new Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark. This somewhat entry-level machine still comes with all the great Ducati hallmarks of excellent low down torque and impeccable handling. If you like to hear about fun motorcycles, then you’ll enjoy this one.
In the second segment, Editor-at-Large Neale Bayly brings us another of his interviews, this time it’s with Chip Doherty.
Chip’s amazing resume includes motorcycle racer, restorer and collector. Back in the early 2000s he used his engineering background to start motorcycle clothing manufacturer Motophoria.
After selling that company in 2007, Chip’s resume gained him entry to NASA where for 7 years he was responsible for launching the space shuttle! Since moving on from NASA, Chip expanded his collection of classic British bikes. Eventually Neale persuaded him to ride to Peru and help Neale’s Wellspring Foundation raise money for the orphanage there.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!