MotoGP » Abraham out of Sachsenring, replacement named

"Assen showed us there was no point in racing at all costs, because with this handicap I can't perform at my maximum" - Karel Abraham.

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July 05, 2012 1:14 PM

At least Battaini has been riding the bike on a regular basis recently. Ducati and the Cardion team will probably learn more from having him on board than they could from a quality out-of-work guy - although only Vermeulen really comes to mind in that field anyway. Checa has had his time in MotoGP, and imagine the blow to Althea if he got injured? Giugliano might have been an option if the Ducati higher brass see him as having real potential though.


July 06, 2012 3:25 PM

@Daniel and where are they going to find a rider who is currently "on it"? All the fast guys have contracts and nobody is going to release their rider from his contract for one ride on an uncompetitive bike. I'm sure there's plenty in the team who would rather just stay home, but IIRC the rules don't allow a team to skip three races in a row.

Sure Franco's race craft will be a little rusty, but the biggest problem he will face is not being used to the bike. Abraham's bike is nothing like the current factory bikes that Franco is developing, so he will have to re-adapt to what is in effect an old setup. So he is having to effectively develop his setup for the circuit from scratch in practice. The last thing he needs is wet practice.


July 10, 2012 6:10 PM

Oh look.. Iron Franc didn't do so badly.. He finished... Last.. But finished.. Abraham, was in very close competition for Rookie of the year, on that bike everyone loves, wth one Cal Crutchlow.....

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