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Karel Abraham to miss Italian Grand Prix

Karel Abraham to miss Italian Grand Prix

Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham has taken his doctors’ advice to pull out of the MotoGP™ race at Mugello in Italy this weekend.

The Czech team, which last weekend had official Ducati test rider Franco Battaini ride for them at the Sachsenring, is unable to field a replacement rider at the Italian race. Battaini’s commitments at the following test on Monday have ruled him out of contention, while there is no other rider available with sufficient experience on the Desmosedici.

Karel Abraham

"Unfortunately, the hand is still not 100%, and I have to respect the doctor’s advice that I shouldn’t needlessly put it under excessive strain. I’m going to physiotherapy, trying to do some training, and I believe that the two weeks before the race at Laguna Seca will be enough to ensure I’m 100% ready. I’m really disappointed that I’ve lost out on a series of perhaps the best races of the entire championship: Silverstone, Assen, Sachsenring and Mugello are tracks that I really love, and also places that I’ve done quite well at in the past. Laguna Seca is another on the list, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be back racing by then."

Karel Abraham Snr., Team Manager

"Franco Battaini did a good job at Sachsenring, and if it was up to us, we’d have liked to give him another opportunity at Mugello. The problem for us is that Franco is first and foremost a test rider. Ducati have got him testing after the race at Mugello, and the factory want to make sure he’s 100% focused on that task. Currently there are five riders in the world who have experience with the Ducati Desmosedici GP12, and the factory would have no issue letting them start. Besides Rossi, Hayden, Barberá and Karel, that leaves us only Battaini. To use another rider would theoretically be possible, but we’d have to get the go-ahead from Ducati, the racing teams association - IRTA, and the promoter Dorna. To find such a rider is a tall order, and bearing in mind the little amount of time before the race, it’s unlikely we’ll be using any replacement rider."

MotoGP, 2012, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing

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