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"With this race, I have equaled my best result in MotoGP," said Abraham.

"I think for us it has been a very good weekend. We have made progress every day, improving our speed and our position."

It has been a bittersweet weekend because we started out on Friday still with a lot of problems that we had been unable to solve in Barcelona, we didn't make much progress on Saturday but today we were able to run very consistent and quite fast lap times.

"It was a really great weekend that finished up in a really disappointing way."

"We have taken another point here at Jerez, but I'm disappointed because it was a bad race," says Abraham.

Karel Abraham sets 15th fastest time in the first practice during Qatar GP.

Czech rider to team up with Álvaro Bautista in 2017 on board a Ducati GP15 Karel Abraham will be an Aspar Team rider in the MotoGP World Championship next season. The Czech rider will pilot a Ducati GP15 on his return to MotoGP, where he already boasts five years of experience, lining up alongside new team-mate Álvaro Bautista. Abraham began his World Championship career in the 125cc class, making his debut in the Spanish Grand Prix back in 2005. In 2007 he moved up to the 250cc class and then enjoyed his greatest success in Moto2, scoring a memorable victory in the final round of the 2010 season at Valencia. That win proved to be his last appearance in the intermediate class as he moved up to MotoGP for 2011, riding a Ducati to fourteenth place in the championship 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. After three further seasons in MotoGP, at the end of 2015 Abraham announced he was switching to the World Superbike series, where he has spent this season. The final round of the WSBK season on 30th October in Qatar will mark the end of his adventure in the production series as he prepares to make his return to MotoGP in 2017.

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