Karel Abraham back in MotoGP for 2017
Karel Abraham will be an Aspar Team rider in the MotoGP World Championship next season. Abraham will pilot a Ducati GP15 on his return to MotoGP, where he already boasts five years of experience, lining up alongside new team-mate Álvaro Bautista.
This year Abraham was teammate to Josh Brookes in the Milwaukee BMW squad this year as they contested the World Superbike Championship. Brookes has amassed more than double the points scored by the Czech rider.
Abraham began his World Championship career in the 125cc class, making his debut in the Spanish Grand Prix back in 2005. In 2007 he moved up to the 250cc class and then enjoyed his greatest success in Moto2, scoring a memorable victory in the final round of the 2010 season at Valencia.
That win proved to be his last appearance in the intermediate class as he moved up to MotoGP for 2011, riding a Ducati to fourteenth place in the championship for two successive seasons. Abraham scored his best MotoGP result on the Ducati, which he guided to seventh place at Jerez and Silverstone in 2011 and at Valencia in 2012.
After three further seasons in MotoGP, at the end of 2015 Abraham announced he was switching to the World Superbike series, where he has spent this season. The final round of the WSBK season on 30th October in Qatar will mark the end of his adventure in the production series as he prepares to make his return to MotoGP in 2017.
Jorge Martínez “Aspar”
“We are happy to be joined by Karel Abraham for next season. He is a new rider for us, he is still young but he has a lot of experience: he has raced in every category of the World Championship and in MotoGP already on a Ducati. I hope and want to be able to give him a competitive crew and bike so that he can show his worth.”
“I am really pleased to come back to MotoGP. I started to work on this goal as soon as I knew there was a possibility. I am really happy: coming back to Ducati, which is my favourite bike, and also thinking about my first season with them, which was my best season. It’s an honour to be a part of this team, which is so famous in the paddock, so professional and so good, and together with Ducati I believe we can make a very good connection, I’m really looking forward to that.”