Karel Abraham To Stay With Aspar For 2018

The Aspar Team have announced that they have extended their contract with Karel Abraham. The Czech rider will continue to race for the team in 2018, with Abraham likely to get a Ducati Desmosedici GP16 for next season, while his teammate Alvaro Bautista contests a GP17.

With Abraham confirmed at Aspar, as we predicted yesterday, and Taka Nakagami announced at LCR Honda, that leaves only three seats still open. The second seat at Marc VDS will probably be announced at Silverstone this weekend, with all signs pointing to "a rider with previous MotoGP experience" as the favorite to race alongside Franco Morbidelli. The two Avintia seats could take longer to fill, but are also believed to be close to a deal, with Tito Rabat and Xavier Simeon being penciled in to take the place of Hector Barbera and Loris Baz.

You can find the latest updated version of the 2018 MotoGP rider line up here.

Below is the press release issued by the Aspar Team announcing the contract extension with Abraham


Aspar Team and Karel Abraham to continue in 2018
Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:51

The Czech rider's first season with the team has seen his best result in MotoGP, with seventh place at Assen

The Aspar Team and Karel Abraham will continue together in 2018. The Czech rider will contest his second season with the Spanish outfit after showing a high level of performance already in 2017. Abraham rode the Ducati GP15 to his career best MotoGP result at Assen, where he crossed the line in seventh position.

Karel Abraham returned to the elite category of motorcycle racing after a season in World Superbikes. Over the first eleven rounds of the year the Pull&Bear Aspar rider has a best qualifying position of second in Argentina as well as two top ten finishes and a total of five races in the points in one of the closest championships in memory.

Jorge Martínez "Aspar", general manager: “For the Aspar Team it is a source of satisfaction to renew with Karel Abraham. When we signed him last year we felt he could do a good job but the results he have achieved have been a very positive surprise. He has done much better than we expected, right from preseason, and as the races have gone by he has continued to improve and achieve great results. We think we can continue to improve with him in the future. It is a simple choice, he is happy with the team and we are happy with him, so we are going to continue in the same way and chase even bigger goals.”

Karel Abraham: “I am very happy to have re-signed with the Aspar Team and to continue with the same group of people is very important to me. I am very happy, I am already looking forward to a new challenge next season but right now I need to concentrate on the rest of this season, which is the most important. As I said, I am very happy, but we have to focus on the here and now.”

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I presume Rabat and Simeon are bringing a barrow full of cash. Can't see em outriding ole Hector and Loris so it's gotta be the loot.

Total votes: 12

Abraham has proved himself to be a legitimate 3rd tier MotoGP rider, so good to see him back.

Too bad Baz is being replaced by an inferior rider (and even worse, potentially being replaced by a Belgian).

Total votes: 7

I know i shouldn't feel this way but it drives me CRAZY that this guy keeps getting to ride! Yes, he has some talent, yes you could make the argument "only 21 guys in the world can do it. But you can't tell me there aren't SEVERAL riders that deserve that seat! 

I love it in practice when Karen will get a random top 10, they're always like "See! He obviously deserves to be here!" Why?! Cause he followed Marquez for a hot lap???? Barbara made a career of that and it looks like he'll be out a ride! He brings in money, but at the highest level of the sport that should NOT be why he gets a ride and someone else doesn't. Yeah, I get it, that's how it works sometimes, but it ain't right

Total votes: 10

Know what you mean, but let's face it: life isn't really fair at any level of the sport. There's always somebody with richer parents, richer benefactors, a better physical fit with the bike, better luck, better timing, better connections...whatever. There might be dozens or hundreds of people in the world who could theoretically ride the bike better, but aren't in a position to do so for one reason or another. As somebody once said to me, the best guitarist in the world probably isn't somebody like Eric Clapton...it's probably some dude you've never heard of, strumming away on his front porch.

I suppose for these teams, in addition to bringing money, riders like Tito and Karel are known quantities at this point. Until the perfect candidate comes along, probably makes sense to let them keep their jobs. 

 

Total votes: 4

That was a good ride for the next big thing, no longer available. Sorry Loris Baz. Baz deserves better, maybe a ride on the KTM may suit him.

Total votes: 5