MotoGP » Injured Abraham ruled out of Italian Grand Prix

Czech rider Karel Abraham to miss Italian Grand Prix through injury, replacement rider 'unlikely'

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July 11, 2012 3:59 PM

If you watched last weekends race you would know why Battaini isnt running the bike this weekend,it looks better sitting in the pit then it did on the race track,too bad Checa or another ducati racer wouldn't try there hand at it


July 11, 2012 5:35 PM

Battaini was a complete joke, the only thing that looked about him or the bike were his new Alpinestars leathers, other than that it was a huge failure on both Ducati and AB Cardion's part.

DORNA needs to step in and intervene and get a capable rider to fill in, one less prototype is not what the doctor ordered.


July 11, 2012 10:22 PM

It's not just a case of saying that they want rider A.B or C to take the seat and then all is tickety boo. Any replacement has to be approved by Ducati, the FIM and the other teams. There is not much time left to get this all done.

Battaini is a Ducati test rider and with a test scheduled for after the race then the factory can not run the risk of him not being available.

I would love to see Troy Bayliss on the Cardion AB bike but I can also think of any number of reasons why that could not happen. Only two days from the team announcement to the start of the event weekend, plus other teams may not be too happy as there is a fair to middling chance that Troy could get on that thing and score some points, thus taking them away from some other regulars who will need them more come the end of the season.

It's not just that simple to get someone on a bike at short notice.and as for the comments about Bataini being a joke, well the guy can ride a Moto GP bike, gets paid to do it and a fac


July 11, 2012 10:25 PM

continued : and a factory employs him to test their developments. OK he may no longer be a competiive racer but none of the guys who ever get on that grid can be thought of as a joke. Bit of respect required.

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July 12, 2012 8:22 AM

Well maybe that is part of the reason the Ducati is so poor and the development is going nowhere if the development rider is so slow that any conclusions they get from him are irrelevant on the race track. If he has so much experience on the bike why was he amongst the CRT's.

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