Casey Stoner critical of Karel Abraham's MotoGP move

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Casey Stoner has criticised Karel Abraham’s Ducati MotoGP move. The Aussie said money should never secure a top MotoGP ride over talent after Abraham’s premier class switch was signed in Brno earlier this month.

Abraham’s father Karel is a multi-millionaire and owns the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. He completed a whirlwind deal for his son after an impressive test on a GP10 machine at the Mugello circuit only last month.

Abraham has enjoyed moderate success in his career and has never claimed a podium finish in 88 Grand Prix starts in the 125, 250 and Moto2 class.

And 24-year-old Stoner said: “He is a good guy and he’s working hard but he needs to get better results than what he is doing now to move up to MotoGP.

“There are a lot more people in line who deserve a ride more from their previous results.  It’s a tough job out there and if he comes into the class and really proves himself then that’s fantastic.

“But he hasn’t proven himself enough just yet. It is fantastic for him to have an opportunity like that but sometimes there are more deserving riders.

“Unfortunately the paddock just doesn’t take the top riders from classes and put them in.  It’s who comes with the money.

“Some people have gone in with money and they have surprised everyone so this might give him a lot of motivation to come out and do well.

“There are probably people in national championships who should be with us who just don’t get he right opportunities.”

Abraham’s arrival will mean at least an 18-rider grid in 2011, 12 of which will be supplied by Honda and Ducati.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt