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Abraham gets Aprilia for 2013

"In spite of the fact that we had the option to continue with Ducati in 2013, we decided not to, and to give an opportunity to a new partner"
Karel Abraham and the Cardion AB team will switch to Aprilia CRT machinery for the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.

Abraham and the team owned by his father moved up to MotoGP with satellite Ducati machinery for the start of 2011.

However the recent announcement that Pramac Ducati would field both of the satellite Desmosedicis next year confirmed that Cardion would need new equipment.

A deal between Cardion and Aprilia was signed at Misano on Friday, which will see the Czech team remain in the premier-class, albeit within the privateer CRT category for non-manufacturer prototypes.

Upon announcing the Aprilia agreement, team manager Karel Abraham Sr reflected on a much harder second season for his son - and insisted they had turned down the chance to continue with Ducati.

“Our team entered MotoGP in 2011 with the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 and a rider who at that time was the youngest in the starting field, and the second youngest ever in the history of the MotoGP class,” began Abraham Sr.

“During the season we gained a number of remarkable successes – Karel twice finished a race in seventh, and several times achieved the quickest qualifying time on a Ducati. He was quick, he got used to the bike really fast, collaboration with Ducati was outstanding, and the work of the engineers and the development of the bike were completely professional.

“At the end of the season Ducati had developed a bike for 2012 based around a different concept. Unfortunately, our first impressions of the bike were not too positive, however. The bike was very hard to find good set up, and it was clear that the engine needed a lot more intensive development.

“Our idea of just how much more development work the bike needed unfortunately differed from that of Ducati, and it didn't look like they were about to change their minds. So, in spite of the fact that we had the option to continue with Ducati in 2013, we decided not to use it, and to give an opportunity to a new partner.

“This new partnership with Aprilia [follows] our earlier close collaboration with the Aspar team. We shared engineers and helped one another out in the lower classes. Both teams in 2011 moved into MotoGP with Ducati. Aspar pulled out of the deal after one year, however, and moved to ART–Aprilia [Aspar joined MotoGP in 2010 -]. So it's natural that the first discussions we entered into were with Aprilia.

“Those who've ridden the bike regard it as being a high quality, reliable motorcycle, and even more importantly, the support from the Aprilia factory allows riders and mechanics from our team to participate in the development and setting up of the machine.

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September 14, 2012 9:07 PM

Cardion refused a new contract with Ducati after the 2nd or 3rd race, basically because of the pile off poo they were given, Ducati were trying to persuede them to stay. Search the net its on there, places like Motomatters. Ducati could not decide the cost of leasing, why pay 3m for a crap Ducati when you can pay 1m for a crap Aprilia and be in about the same place. This allows them to keep their very valuable grid slot on build again after a good first year. REMEMBER he was fighting with Crutchlow at the last race of 11 for Rookie of the year right until the last lap on a bike clearly worse than Cals.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 6:27 PM

Aprilia should stop pussy footing around and bring a full spec Prototype to the MotoGp grid..and while there At it bring Biaggi with them..the paddock needs some charisma again. Everyone knows they can build it,hopefully these ART bikes are just testing the waters for a full return by the Factory once Dorna figure out the ECU specs.

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