MotoGP » Cardion AB show 2011 MotoGP colours

New Ducati team hold official launch.

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January 14, 2011 4:17 PM

Well his second (private) test didn't go too well, with him writing off the bike in a huge crash. Going to be a steep learning curve this year, but then nobody is expecting much, so he's got that in his favor.


I think De Puniet was another who didn't set the world alight in the smaller classes but who's proved a capable MotoGP rider.


January 14, 2011 4:19 PM

11 years back, # 46 had his first season in the premier class of GP. Karel is give or take a couple of days,11 years his junior.
I see young Karel gets a lot of 'stick' for being the son of a connected man. Well,so was # 46,son of Grazziano.Great to see a new face,a solid talent and a young gun join the grid.
mmm,so far the best Ducati rider's colours behind Nick's layout.


January 14, 2011 4:36 PM

History has recorded that I was four square behind young Karel when it was announced on these pages of his impending MotoGP entry. Great livery. As this operation is chickenfeed to Papa, the bike's fairing is not cluttered with sponsors for pasta or whatever.

motomoto - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 5:03 PM

+1 Miso,,, So far, the best looking Ducati on the grid. This time,, less is more.

If Karel finishes 1 or 2 races in the top 10, (and I think he will) it will count as a raging success. Don't underestimate him,, he has nothing to loose, so I hope he rides that way.

Westminister - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 5:35 PM

Comparing Abraham to DePuniet ? Who are you his brother ?

Obviously you know not what you speak... De Puniet Won 5 races, second position 7x, & 3rd 10x. Took pole 9x, also had the fastest lap 4x. Abraham has been on the podium twice.

His only victory comes as the result of one of the greatest blunders of GP history thanks to Toni Elias, who should have been Black Flagged. Granted it was one of the most exciting races of the year, but give credit where credit is due. Karel owes Toni a bottle of champaign. If not for him, Iannone or Simon would have won.

As for comparisons to Rossi's situation. It's like comparing a Billionaires son to the Butlers son, they both get to play on the estate...


January 14, 2011 7:25 PM

@ Westminister

No, I wasn't comparing De Puniet to Abraham, I was citing him as an example of someone whose results in the lower classes didn't necessarily predict his ability on a MotoGP bike. 5 wins over 7 seasons wasn't exactly a strike rate of distinction.

pain - Unregistered

January 14, 2011 7:33 PM

Decent looking bike, as for the girls 1 is hot the others face is mehh nice body though.
Oh and I bet Karl finishes in front of tony this year despite tony's wc in moto2

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