MOTOGP: Forward Racing, Stefan Bradl to Sit Out Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

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Forward Racing, competing in the MotoGP World Championship with driver Stefan Bradl, will not take part in the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on Aug. 9 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after team owner Giovanni Cuzari was arrested and the team’s finances were compromised.

In the aftermath of the arrest and the charges against team owner and director Cuzari, the operation has focused on limiting the possible consequences of this situation in order to continue its motorsport activities and resume racing during the current season.

However, the reaction of the team’s sponsors was immediate and resolute, with several canceling their existing contracts and interrupting payments, creating further financial troubles that could jeopardize the future of the independent team.

In the immediate picture, Forward also operates a Moto2 team with Simone Corsi, which will also sit out Indianapolis.

“The concrete possibility to start again and the hope to protect the interests of our riders, engineers, contractors and suppliers, has led us to agree with IRTA, the International Racing Teams Ass’n, not to deploy our riders at the start of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on Aug. 9, in order to gather all the resources and to better organize the upcoming trips,” the team said in a release on Monday.

“This painful decision was necessary in order to try to ensure our participation to the World Championship until the end of the season. The work of the team will continue with the aim to get back on track at Brno.”

Marco Curioni, the team’s managing director, also commented on the decision to skip the next grand prix.

“It was a very difficult week for the Forward Racing team,” Curioni said. “Only in the last hours we have glimpsed the real possibility of overcoming this situation. I hope to have Giovanni – who until proven to the contrary he is correct to assume innocent – soon with us and available to find a solution.

“In this dark moment, several partners and friends have understandably distanced himself from the team and then for this reason I want to thank those who are helping us: Dorna and IRTA gave us full support from the beginning, all members of the team that they gave their unconditional support and those sponsors and the new companies – that despite the objective concerns – gave us confidence and are interpreting the meaning of sponsorship in the original reason: financial aid to allow the athlete to realize his talent.”

The team’s aim is to return in time for the bwin Grand Prix České Republiky in the Czech Republic, scheduled for August 16.

CREDIT: Forward Racing / MotoGP World Championship

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