Karel Abraham will make his return to the MotoGP World Championship after it was announced today that the Czech rider will partner Alvaro Bautista at Pull&Bear Aspar Ducati for the 2017 season.
Abraham switched from MotoGP to World Superbikes for the 2016 season with Milwaukee BMW. However the Czech rider struggled with the transition Grand Prix to Superbikes, his best result being a ninth place finish at Donington round of the series. He currently lies 18th in the championship with a mere 33 points.
Abraham began his World Championship career in 2005 on a 125 Aprilia, he competed in the lightweight class for two unsuccessful seasons scoring eight points in 31 races. He made his 250 debut in 2007 where he failed to make much of an impact for four years until in the renamed Moto2 class in 2010 he enjoyed his greatest success, scoring a memorable victory in the final round of the 2010 season at Valencia.
The 26 year old then made the transformation to the MotoGP World Championship in 2011 where he raced the Desmosedici machinery 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. He raced for three further seasons before switching to Superbikes in 2016.
The Czech rider is set to replace the underperforming Yonny Hernandez in the Aspar set-up. The Colombian originally thought to be safe at the Spanish team when Eugene Laverty signed with the Milwaukee Aprilia team in WorldSBK for next year. But results have been disappointing, with Hernandez only 22nd in the championship on 17 points whilst teammate Laverty is 12th on 71 points.
“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 honor 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.”