Bradl contested a total of five races last 12 months, two since a Honda wild-card (at Brno and Misano), just as a stand in for both Franco Morbidelli (at the Sachsenring) and 2 replacing Cal Crutchlow at LCR in the last two rounds of the year, Sepang and Valencia.
Factory teams without concessions have been permitted to produce up to three wild card entries, with 2011 Moto2 champion Bradl more likely to return to actions at Brno after his Jerez appearance prior to a third excursion on the RC213V at Misano.
Suzuki and ducati have revealed intends to enter Sylvain Guintoli along with test passengers Michele Pirro in three different races apiece this year, with both men set to year for schedules.
Pirro contested both races before creating an appearance in the Valencia season finale, while Guintoli made trips.
Yamaha has made no plans for wildcards with new European test rider Jonas Folger, even though it’s anticipated to run All-Japan SuperBike star Katsuyuki Nakasuga again at Motegi.
Concession manufacturers Aprilia and KTM have been permitted to input up to six wildcards, but the latter has signaled it will not input any bikes in 2019 since it evolves into a four-bike set-up with customer group Tech 3.
Bradley Smith, tester for Aprilia, is now making his first five planned wild-card trips this weekend at Qatar alongside race riders Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro.
Smith’s second appearance of the year will come at Barcelona, before he gets further showings.
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