The Cardion AB Motoracing team has unveiled its contender for the 2012 MotoGP World Championship season as it seeks to build on the promise of its maiden campaign.
The Czech outfit graduated to the premier class in 2011 with Moto2 race winner Karel Abraham at the helm, the youngster belying his lack of experience to prove a worthy mid-field contender, claiming a best finish of seventh on the way to 14th overall.
One of 12 riders to be riding a traditional full prototype machine in 2012, Abraham will ride the Ducati GP12 for the first time at next week's Sepang group test.
“I tried the new bike during the post-season test in Valencia, but the first real test will be held at Sepang in Malaysia at the end of January. We need to be well prepared for the first test because we want to try a lot of things. We also must work on the set-up of the bike because the 2012 MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar on April 8th.”
Giving his opinion on the advent of the CRT machinery, Abraham is looking forward to sharing the pit lane with some of his former Moto2 rivals, though he insists he is setting his sights further up the grid.
“Thanks to the increased number of riders, the MotoGP will be more attractive for spectators and for us. It's great that I will ride against my old rivals and friends, but I'm concentrating on my goal – be on the front positions as much as possible, regardless the factory machines or a CRT bikes.”