MotoGP » Abraham: I need to sort myself out and get some points

'The main problem we're facing right now, though, is the mental state of our rider – which after three race failures isn't too good' - Marco Grana

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May 07, 2012 10:23 AM
Last Edited 1378 days ago

I'm not surprised his mental state isn't great, Karel crashed 22 times last season, almost twice as much as any other rider. And this year he's gotten off to exactly the same start, dumping the bike at very meeting. If it goes on like this he's going to get himself hurt.

His team really need to steady him down a bit and not push him for results until he can build up some confidence again. We've seen already that he has a fair turn of speed, but at this rate he's not going to get to show it because he'll forever be nursing injuries. It's a shame because I really think he's capable of better than this.

stu - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 10:43 AM

With you Don,

I said last season he should be warned of his crashing antics. he's a danger to himself and other.

i personally feel there should be a penalty for riders that crash too many times - should be forced to miss a couple of rounds or something.

Gondya bhau - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 10:44 AM

they say rossi should leave ducati....

they say rossi should retire...

they say rossi's ambition outweighs his talent....

i dont know about rossi but that all surely seems to hold true for this guy...

his ambition to get ahead of nicky outweighed his talent....

he needs to leave cardion ab and retire....


May 07, 2012 11:05 AM

As usual the ignorant comments about his Dad's money come to the surface any time Karel is talked about. This kid is a young guy with a lot of talent and so what if he is lucky enough to have some family backing? People seem to forget that pretty much every single rider has had severe family support along the way that is not available to the average kid on the street. Casey Stoners parents sold up to fund his career and supported him, which 99.9% of people could never dream of doing, no matter how much they wish it. Valentino was not exactly from a sink hole estate and anonymous background. Bradley Smith's Dad dug very deep to help his kid get along etc etc etc. The hypocrisy of it all gets my goat big time.
Yes Karel is crashing a lot and he is trying damn hard. Remember a certain Mr Simonceli who was also prone, at times, to lobbing it. Max Biaggi used to jump off his bike when ever Vale pressurised him and many many more have gone through it too.
Karel is a good rider, who has to de


May 07, 2012 1:12 PM
Last Edited 1378 days ago

2 Quotes from King Kenny spring to mind when people talk about big crashers.
"you cannot find your limits without crashing"
"you can teach a fast rider to stop crashing but you cannot teach a slow rider to be fast"
It makes me sick when people slate Karel, he was quick on a 250 where his backing couldn't get him the best bike. He was quick on a moto2 where all level, except the RSV which Aspar dumped as well,when he got the FTR was very unlucky to have a crash that affected a third of his season.
He is on the bike that Rossi could not get to work yet people are expecting him to do just that.
Keep at it boy your a joy to watch and very proffesional.

stuart - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:03 PM

"you can teach a fast rider to stop crashing but you cannot teach a slow rider to be fast"

The most over-quoted quote in MotoGP.

In this case the problem is that Karel isn't fast. He's slow and crashes a lot. So that's two things he'll need to learn.

rosssiput - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:56 PM

More fair comparison maybe?
anyone forget where is barbera? he is no champion like karel was he? both are on satellite ducati... and the result? remember that hayden was in severe electronics problem in estoril

He is potentially fast BUT too many crashes should not be tolerated in GP in your second season especially with no major achievement to support (say Marco or early Casey). Will see about that this season

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