Karel Abraham admits he is “excited” to return to MotoGP this season and get back riding on a Ducati again.
The Czech rider spent a season in World Superbike in 2016 but now he’s back in MotoGP for the 2017 season and will be working with the Aspar Team.
Abraham achieved his best championship result of seventh place while on a Ducati during his first two seasons in the premier-class.
“When I first arrived in MotoGP, which is six years ago now, it was on a Ducati. It was my favourite bike and to come back on a Ducati makes me really excited to start this new challenge,” said Abraham.
“It is nice to be back. When I went to World Superbikes it was because I didn’t have a good option to stay in MotoGP. But it didn’t work out like we hoped and in the end I had to leave the team, I couldn’t stay there.
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“We saw that there was an opportunity to return to MotoGP with the Aspar Team and it is what I wanted. This is where I grew up, because I started in the World Championship at 15 years of age. I prefer to be in MotoGP, I think partly because I am more used to it.”
Abraham was used to a “very different” bike during his first spell in 2011 and 2012 and is looking forward to competing on a bike he feels more confident on.
“Unfortunately during those two seasons [2011 and 2012] the factory was immersed in making a complete change. During my first season the engine was still part of the chassis. Then in my second season we had an aluminium, normal chassis,” Abraham confirmed.
“So being in the middle of such a big change during that first season, the bike didn’t work. This bike is very different, I feel good on it and have more confidence because I know how it will respond. That wasn’t the case before.”