Cardion AB Motoracing has taken the wraps off the bike it hopes will see Karel Abraham challenging for CRT honours during the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.

The Czech team enters into its third season of MotoGP racing in 2013, but having spent two seasons campaigning a satellite Ducati, it will now move into CRT competition having acquired an Aprilia-engineered ART chassis.

One of four ART bikes to grace the MotoGP grid in 2013, Cardion AB's version will continue to wear the familiar white and blue livery it has used over the years.

"I know that motorbikes do not run on design, but I have to say I am very excited about design this year," said Abrham. "We have been focused on the same principle for years and now I feel it's close to perfection.

"I am hoping for a similar level of perfection on the track. My goal is to always be one of the best CRT riders. And I believe there will be several opportunities during the season to race against the prototypes, since there are circuits where the differences between CRT bikes and prototypes are eliminated.

"I had a very good feeling about ART at Valencia during first testing, especially its cornering performance. We should have a better engine now and I cannot wait to ride the bike at Sepang."

Following a race-winning turn during the inaugural Moto2 World Championship season in 2010, Abraham stepped up to MotoGP in 2011, where he belied his lack of experience with a series of top ten finishes.

However, difficulties in getting comfortable on the Ducati GP12 and persistent injury problems in 2012 would consign him to 14th (last of the prototype riders) in the standings.



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