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Karel Abraham MotoGP return confirmed

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Karel Abraham MotoGP return confirmed
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Oct 18, 2016, 3:16 AM

Karel Abraham will return to MotoGP competition next year with Aspar, the team has confirmed.

Karel Abraham, KTM RC16
Karel Abraham
Karel Abraham, Milwaukee BMW
Karel Abraham, Milwaukee BMW
Karel Abraham, Milwaukee BMW

Abraham switched from MotoGP to World Superbikes for the 2016 season thanks to a ride with Milwaukee BMW. But he is now MotoGP-bound again, the Czech rider set to replace the underperforming Yonny Hernandez in the Aspar set-up.

Abraham will ride a two-year-old Ducati GP15 for the team, joining Alvaro Bautista, who will be on a year-old bike.

“I am really pleased to come back to MotoGP,” said Abraham. “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.”

“We are happy to be joined by Karel Abraham for next season,” added Aspar’s owner Jorge Martinez.

“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.”

Abraham hasn't been completely without MotoGP miles this season, having helped KTM with its testing programme. 

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Karel Abraham
Teams Angel Nieto Team
Author Andrew van Leeuwen