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Karel Abraham will miss Italian Grand Prix at Mugello

Czech rider Karel Abraham to miss Italian Grand Prix through injury, replacement rider 'unlikely'
Karel Abraham will miss this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Cardion AB Ducati rider was also ruled out of the previous round at the Sachsenring after abandoning his comeback ride at Assen, where he struggled during practice and qualifying.

The Czech ace suffered several lacerations to the fingers and a broken fifth metacarpal bone (little finger) during a post-Catalunya testing accident, ruling the Cardion AB Ducati rider out of the following British round at Silverstone.

Ducati test rider and former grand prix racer Franco Battaini took Abraham's place in Germany but will not stand in at Mugello.

Abraham has scored points once so far this year.

A team statement said: “Karel Abraham has taken his doctors' advice to pull out of the MotoGP race at Mugello in Italy.

“Franco Battaini, who started for the team at Sachsenring will not be racing in Italy.

“Cardion AB Motoracing will therefore probably be unable to enter into the race any replacement rider.”

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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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