Cardion AB Aprilia ART unveils 2013 bike
Karel Abraham and his new ART motorbike for the 2013 MotoGP season stole the show at his year’s Cardion AB Style gala programme.
Held in the deconsecrated chapel of Sacre Coeur in downtown Prague the evening witnessed the unveiling of the ART motorbike in its 2013 season livery. Abraham had tested the bike in the Valencia test following the final race of last season, but at the time the bike was in its ‘test’ colours. As in previous years Cardion AB will stick with a one rider line-up with Abraham, who is looking forward to fewer crashes than 2012 and more consistent results.
Rider Karel Abraham explained that he knows that motorbikes do not run on design, but is very excited about the design of this year. “We have been focused on the same principle for years and now I feel it’s close to perfection. I am hoping for a similar level of perfection on the track. My goal is to always be one of the best CRT riders and I believe there will be several opportunities during the season to race against the prototypes, since there are circuits where the differences between CRT bikes and prototypes are eliminated. I had a very good feeling about ART at Valencia during first testing, especially its cornering performance. We should have a better engine now and I cannot wait to ride the bike at Sepang,” he said.
Team manager and rider’s father Karel Abraham Sr., said that ART is one of the best CRT motorbikes. The transition from prototype is not a step backwards but rather a side step. “I believe CRTs´ will be able to match with prototypes. Plus, they will be much more visible thanks to the new qualification system,” he concluded.