Ducati test rider Franco Battaini has been tapped to take the place of Cardion AB Ducati’s Karel Abraham, who injured his hand during at crash at the Catalunya test. Sitting out the British GP and Dutch TT, Abraham will also be unfit to ride at Sachsenring, thus causing his team to have to find a replacement rider.
This last news is just one of many blows to Abraham’s season, as the 2012 MotoGP Championship has been a rough one for the young Czech rider, who with a bevy of crashes, has only finished in the points once.
With the Cardion AB Ducati team having already worked with Battaini in the pre-season, Team Owner Karel Abraham Sr. is confident that the former 250GP-racer will be an easy fit for the team this coming race weekend. Ducati Corse’s go-to test rider for the Desmosedici GP12, Battaini is already familiar with the finicky GP bike, and is one of the best rider-subsitute choices for the satellite team.
Karel Abraham is expected to return to MotoGP racing at the Italian GP at Mugello.