Karel Abraham has been retained by Aspar Ducati for the 2018 MotoGP season after impressing the squad on his return to the championship this season.

The Czech rider made his MotoGP comeback this season after a difficult year in World Superbikes in 2016 and has impressed on the aging GP15, the oldest specification of Ducati MotoGP on the grid this year, with seven points finishes, including two top ten results, while he lined up second on the grid in Argentina.

As a result, Abraham looked favourite to be retained by the Pull&Bear Aspar Ducati squad having surpassed expectations and has been rewarded with a one-year deal.

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“I am very happy to have re-signed with the Aspar Team and to continue with the same group of people is very important to me,” Abraham said. “I am very happy, I am already looking forward to a new challenge next season but right now I need to concentrate on the rest of this season, which is the most important. As I said, I am very happy, but we have to focus on the here and now.”

Aspar Ducati general manager Jorge Martinez says it was a straightforward decision to re-sign Abraham thanks to his performances so far this season and is confident the Czech rider can continue to make progress in 2018. The team is yet to confirm which specification of Ducati bike Abraham will race next season.

“For the Aspar Team it is a source of satisfaction to renew with Karel Abraham,” Martinez said. “When we signed him last year we felt he could do a good job but the results he have achieved have been a very positive surprise. He has done much better than we expected, right from preseason, and as the races have gone by he has continued to improve and achieve great results.

“We think we can continue to improve with him in the future. It is a simple choice, he is happy with the team and we are happy with him, so we are going to continue in the same way and chase even bigger goals.”

Abraham’s confirmation at Aspar means just three 2018 MotoGP race seats remain officially undecided; both Avintia seats plus the second spot at Marc VDS.

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If nothing else I like the look of his bike and gear much more than Bautistas

Great news and richly deserved. Sure the usual cretins will come out talking about his Dad's money soon. So what if Dad is rich? If I had the cash I would do the same for my son. Karel will have shown those who really have a clue that he is worthy of his place on the grid and the performances on a two year old bike are great. As an added bonus he is also a class act as a person, articulate, humble and can complete an interview without excuses or base language. A certain Mr Redding would do well to learn something's here.

totally agree

Whle I do think he probably desreves another year after a couple of great results, the rest of his results this season are not brilliant, averaging around a 15th place finish.

It's ironic that Baz has had a superior season to Abraham on similar machinery (also GP15 I think?) and has 38 points, 3 top 10's and an average finishing position in the other races of 12th. Yet it looks like he could be booted out of MotoGP. Surely Baz deserves another shot if Abraham does?

You are right and he passed Scott in the champinoship standings if only by one point.

 

the comparison is not to other rider's WC position - its the gap from expectations. LB78 is under and KA17 is above. Same for SR45 and AB19 (both expected higher). if VR46 finish WC 4th he'll be under as well (same for MM93 and MV25). 

So they expected Baz to finish in top 10 on gp 15?

dont know if its fair - but i think they did. I think everyone expected KA to be at the back and expected LB to be fighting for higher positions. dont really care for KA but you heard his name more than LB's and only because of the save he had. KA qualified front row. LB 3 top 10 to KA 2 top 10. 

Of all the hand me down Ducati's on the grid, Baz is placed 2nd in the championship out of 5, Bautista is 1st, Abraham is 4th out of 5. That is good going for Baz in anyone's book.

There's strong rumours that Simeon might take Baz's ride for next year. We all know that move would be 100% money related. The priority for a lower order/private team is a rider with money+talent, then just money and then just talent. Let's not pretend otherwise. Abraham is more to the left of that scale, I'm guessing Baz is more ot the right of it.

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