BRADLEY Smith’s MotoGP season is over after Aprilia opted to bring in Lorenzo Savadori for the final three races of the season.

The Forest Hill star stepped up from the role of test rider this season while Andrea Iannone contested a doping ban.

Although the start of the campaign was delayed by coronavirus, Smith has competed in all 11 races so far.

He has picked up 12 points, with a best finish of 12th, while teammate Aleix Espargaro has claimed 27 points.

But the Italian team now want to have a closer look at fellow test rider Savadori.

The 27-year-old will take over, starting with the next races in Valencia on November 8 and 15, plus the finale in Portugal, to be held a week later.

Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing’s CEO, paid tribute to Smith.

He said: “First and foremost, I wish to thank Bradley for his efforts this season.

“He took on the unexpected role of factory rider with great dignity and outstanding performance, and his contribution was extremely valuable.

“Now we are excitedly awaiting Lorenzo’s début.

“This promotion is certainly a reward for his great season as a CIV rider, dominating the Superbike category.

“But it is also a step of growth for a rider who will be a tester for our RS-GP in 2021 as well.”