Reale Avintia’s MotoE rider Eric Granado will replace the departed Karel Abraham at tomorrow’s Jerez MotoGP test.
Abraham announced on his Instagram account that he would not be continuing in the premier class and that he had retired. It is believed that Johann Zarco is being lined up to take the ride alongside Tito Rabat after Ducati gave the team satellitte status in an attempt to lure the Frenchman.
“I am not going to compete in MotoGPin 2020. I am very sad and disappointed, but need to move on and focus on what’s coming next,” said Abraham.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all my supporters, all my teams, fans, sponsors and especially my family that supported me through the good and bad times.
“It was a beautiful 15 years in world championship, we had some great times and a great memories will remain in my heart. Thank you.”
The team have kept silent on the exact nature of Abraham’s departure apart from announcing Granado for the test.
A statement reads:
After a great season finale with two excellent victories in the MotoE category, the Reale Avintia Racing Team will reward Brazilian rider Eric Granado by giving him the opportunity to ride the Ducati GP18 during the test that will take place this week at the Jerez circuit.
It must be remembered that, despite a challenging start to the year, Granado concluded the first MotoE season in a meritorious third position overall, overcoming the adversities that he had to face throughout the year.
Our desire as a team is to offer the riders of our structure what they deserve and this is a great opportunity to see the potential and feelings of this young pilot in MotoGP.