Aprilia Racing announced it’s parting ways with Marco Melandri for the rest of the 2015 MotoGP season. In a brief press release (included in full below) sent out this morning, Aprilia indicates that “an agreement by mutual consent to terminate the contractual obligations between Marco Melandri and Aprilia Racing,” had been reached. No further details are included in the statement.
Melandri came over from Aprilia’s World Superbike effort as part of the team’s fast-tracked MotoGP program in 2015. Since the start, however, Melandri showed little promise in his return to the series, struggling to find a groove with the machine and Bridgestone tires. He was a fixture at the back of the pack through the first eight rounds of the season, with an 18th-place finish at Le Mans his best result.
In a team release previewing the upcoming round at Sachsenring, Aprilia revealed that Michael Laverty will ride in Melandri’s place. Laverty currently works as part of the Aprilia test team developing the RS-GP, a role he will continue to fill as the season continues. There’s no word yet regarding Melandri’s future.
Press Release issued by Aprilia Racing July 8, 2015
Aprilia Racing and Marco Melandri have reached an agreement by mutual consent to terminate the contractual obligations between Marco Melandri and Aprilia Racing.
Consequently, Marco Melandri will no longer be lined up on the grid with Aprilia Racing starting from the German Grand Prix on 12 July.
Aprilia Racing wishes Marco Melandri all the best in his future endeavors.