Bradl gets green light to make comeback

Stefan Bradl is on the mend and will make his comeback and debut with Aprilia in Indianapolis this weekend.

The 25-year-old fractured his right scaphoid at Assen at the end of June and was forced to miss his home race, the German MotoGP at Sachsenring, with Forward Racing replacing him with Claudio Corti.

Bradl and Forward Racing have since parted company, but the German signed a deal with Aprilia last week and he will make his debut for his new team after being given a medical clearance.

"The situation is good," he said. "I am very pleased. My hand is no longer giving me problems and lately I have been able to do the same training programme that I did before my injury.

"During the summer break the healing process went well and on Monday the doctors gave me the all-clear to race at Indy.

"Recently I have also been motocross training to check my sensations on a bike.

"I still don't know how I'll feel on a MotoGP bike, but I think that by the time I arrive at Indianapolis I'll already be close to 100 per cent fitness."

Bradl will team up with Alvaro Bautista at Aprilia following the decision to let Marco Melandri go and he admits he can't wait to get started.

"I can't wait to get to Indianapolis and start this new, great adventure," he said.

"It obviously won't be easy at the beginning, I'll need to get used to a new team and a new bike.

"So my main goal in this first grand prix is to begin getting to know my mechanics and familiarising myself with the way the bike performs."