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2012 Ducati deal confirmed for Abraham

The Cardion AB Motoracing team will continue to use the Borgo Panigale factory’s Desmosedici prototype into next season.

Six races into its debut 2011 season in the premier class the Cardion AB Motoracing team has confirmed that it will continue to work with Ducati for a second campaign in 2012, with an option to extend the partnership into 2013.

At a specially arranged press conference at the Assen circuit on Thursday – where Abraham will make his 100th Grand Prix start this weekend – the team’s principal Karel Abraham (senior) and rider Karel Abraham (junior) were joined by Ducati’s MotoGP Project Director Alessandro Cicognani, where the trio discussed the exciting prospect of working together for the introduction of the new 1,000cc engine capacity limit regulations next year.

“I’m definitely very satisfied, there are some things in the contract we changed in comparison to this year which I’m very happy about. I think all these things will help me progress through MotoGP and have good results this year and next year too,” premie class rookie Abraham told motogp.com.

“I’m looking forward, I don’t know if we will have the opportunity to try the GP 11.1, but I’m really looking forward to trying the 2012 Ducati. Aside from the change in engine power there will also be some other things, they’ve worked on the chassis and the whole bike so there will be several things changed compared to this year. I don’t see the differences yet because I don’t know all the technical differences and data at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get that information soon.”

Commenting on Valentino Rossi’s input into the development of the GP12, Abraham added: “I think it is a very big advantage for us because Valentino has so much experience, he has built up many bikes already so I think he can do a very good job for us.”

Cicognani commented: “We're pleased to have renewed our agreement with Cardion AB Motoracing for next year, and in particular we're very happy to share with the team the path of improvement that Karel is following in MotoGP. Karel is a young rider in his rookie MotoGP season, but he's gaining experience and demonstrating his talent race by race.”

Abraham has scored impressive seventh-placed finishes at Jerez and Silverstone in his debut campaign, and his father and team owner said: “Permanent top ten is perfect, he is very young at 21 and everything is new for the team. Twice he has been lucky because it has rained, but also he was very good, and scoring two top-seven results has been perfect so far for our team.”

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MotoGP, 2011, Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing

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