Abraham trying "everything" to stay in MotoGP for 2019

Karel Abraham says he is trying "everything" to continue in MotoGP for 2019 but admits there are "very few" options still available to remain on the grid.

Abraham trying "everything" to stay in MotoGP for 2019

Abraham is currently in his second season with the Angel Nieto Ducati squad, formerly known as Aspar, but the team's two MotoGP slots have been purchased by SIC for next year.

The new Yamaha outfit is expected to sign Valentino Rossi protege Franco Morbidelli, while Dani Pedrosa is the main target for the second ride - although the Spaniard is believed to also be considering retirement.

Besides SIC, the only other teams with 2019 rides are available are Avintia Ducati and Marc VDS Honda, but the latter squad's future beyond this year is looking in serious doubt.

Abraham admitted that options to stay in MotoGP for 2019 are scarce, but he remains committed to trying to find a place.

"I think everyone following MotoGP knows what options are there in the paddock at the moment, there is very few, or can't even say that, there is just not many options," he told Motorsport.com.

"I am working on one, but we will see if it works out or not.

"The rumours say that Petronas Yamaha already has two riders so that is not really an option but we are ready like sharks if the option is there, just to get it or talk about it at least.

"But Yamaha, we don't think there is an option and because they say Morbidelli is signed for Yamaha that also tells us about the future of Marc VDS team.

"If those rumours are correct then it is no place in Marc VDS either, so then it is not any of these two."

Abraham has raced in MotoGP since 2011 with the exception of 2016, when he spent a year in World Superbike.

However the 28-year-old rider says he'll only look into returning to WSBK if he runs out of options in MotoGP.

"I was thinking about it, but to be honest, I'm trying to do everything not to go to WSBK but to work on MotoGP," when asked about a possible return to the production-based series.

"If that opportunity fails and I have to look for something else, then I will decide but World Superbike is really difficult.

"It is a beautiful championship, the riders are super-fast, but unfortunately as it is here in MotoGP, if you don't get a factory Yamaha, Ducati or Kawasaki, then it is difficult to make any good results."

Abraham added that he has received offers from Moto2 teams, which might also be an option, as well as a test rider role in MotoGP.

"I had some offers to go to Moto2 but again, I am trying not to go back to Moto2," he said. "I don't want to say 100 percent not, but it is one of the options that I am not even thinking about it at the moment.

"If there is an option [to become a test rider], it all depends how many tests, where do I test, what bike do I test, do I get a wildcard throughout the season, how much do I get paid...

"How busy would I be, would it be like a 100 percent job or would it be just like a part-time job - all these things matter, and we will see. No offer from a test team came yet."

shares
comments
SIC Racing set for three-year Yamaha deal after Nieto takeover

Previous article

SIC Racing set for three-year Yamaha deal after Nieto takeover

Next article

Repsol renews Honda MotoGP title sponsor deal

Repsol renews Honda MotoGP title sponsor deal
Load comments
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result Prime

Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021