Abraham tops Misano as his team announces ART switch for 2013

Friday, 14 September 2012

The first day of the MotoGP™ San Marino round was an eventful one for Cardion AB Racing and Karel Abraham, with the rider putting his Ducati in top spot, whilst his team announced it will be using Aprilia’s ART machine the following season.

Abraham was one of only a few riders that put in a significant amount of laps today in very mixed conditions on the track, as him and his team looked to establish some settings and iron out some faults for tomorrow. Yet even though the Czech finished top, the news was overshadowed by the announcement shortly afterwards that the team is cutting its ties with Ducati in favour of the CRT machine build by Aprilia.

The team today signed a contract with Luigi Dall´Igna, Technical and Sporting Director of Aprilia Racing, on which Cardion AB Racing team manager Karel Abraham Sr. said: “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 rose of our earlier close collaboration with the Aspar team. Both teams in 2011 moved into MotoGP with Ducati. Aspar pulled out of the deal after one year, however, and moved to ART – Aprilia. 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. Over the course of this season CRT bikes have been getting quicker, and we’re convinced that they have a future. On top of which, ART – Aprilia has undoubtedly shown that, of all the CRT bikes, it’s the most competitive.”

On the switch, Karel Abraham, added: “The 2012 season has regrettably been a step backwards. It’s a pity that we are finishing our co-operation with Ducati in these circumstances, but this year things haven’t been working as well as they should. We have been in negotiation with Aprilia for quite some time, and I think the partnership’s got a good future. I see it as the best possible solution. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but we think it’s important to be going forward and not just running on the spot!”

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