As expected, Stefan Bradl will depart the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the 2016 season and head off to World Superbikes with the factory-backed Ten Kate Honda squad alongside 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden.
The Gresini Aprilia rider was left seeking alternate employment after the Italian team signed Aleix Espargaro to partner Sam Lowes next year, and it was thought that Bradl would remain in the MotoGP World Championship after Avintia Ducati made a big push for the German’s services.
However, Bradl confirmed to German media last week that “some details at Avintia did not fit” and thus his switch to WorldSBK with Honda looked a formality.
The 2011 Moto2 World Champion will replace Michael Van der Mark at the Honda WorldSBK squad next year, with the Dutchman strongly linked to Sylvain Guintoli’s seat at the Crescent Yamaha team alongside Alex Lowes. An announcement of that, according to MCN, could be made as early as this week.
A statement from Honda read: “The Honda WorldSBK Team would like to thank Michael Van der Mark for his outstanding efforts and title-winning contribution during his tenure as a Honda rider. The team will maintain its unconditional support for Michael for the remainder of the season, with the goal of achieving the best possible result.”