Karel Abraham confirms MotoGP departure

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Karel Abraham has confirmed that he will not be on the MotoGP grid next season.

The Czech rider has left the Reale Avintia Racing team with immediate effect. Abraham released a statement on his official Instagram page last night, confirming the speculation surrounding his future. The statement read:

"You might know already, but I am not going to compete in MotoGP in 2020. I am very sad and disappointed but need to move on and focus on what's coming next. I would like to say a huge thank you to all my supporters, all my teams, fans, sponsors, and especially my family that have supported me through the good and bad times."

Abraham has been involved in the premier class since 2011, barring a one-year stint in World Superbike in 2016. Before moving to MotoGP, Abraham secured two podiums and one victory in the 2010 Moto2 season. 

The 29-year-old added:

"It was a beautiful 15 years in the world championship, we had some great times and the memories will remain in my heart. Thank you."

Johann Zarco is being tipped to take Abraham's place at the Avintia team. The Frenchman's options are limited following Alex Marquez's move to Repsol Honda. Agusto Fernandez has switched to the Marc VDS Moto2 team, taking Marquez's vacated seat. 

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