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Abraham finishes debut MotoGP race in points

Karel Abraham becomes the first Czech rider to score points in MotoGP after finishing a solid 13th at Losail.
Karel Abraham was left a frustrated last on his and Cardion AB's MotoGP debut in Qatar, even if it was down to the misfortune of others around him.

The Czech rider – one of only two rookies in this year's championship – has defied some expectations to prove fairly competitive on the satellite Ducati during the winter, particularly alongside fellow Desmosedici competitors Pramac Racing.

However, having set his sights on challenging Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi – as well as LCR Honda's Toni Elias - all three would retire to leave Abraham as the last man to cross the finish line.

Even so, 13th place on his debut – and a faster race lap than fellow rookie Cal Crutchlow – left Abraham satisfied, even if he would have preferred to have caused a proper scalp on his category debut.

“I am sorry that they [rivals] did not complete the race because I wanted to fight with them. I had problems with the brake on lap two. I ran off the track and almost hit the gravel. I lost contact with the group in front of me and unfortunately I wasn't able to catch them.”

“My physical fitness is okay, but I have to work on my hands because in the end of the race I lost some time due to lack of strength.”



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Don-R

March 22, 2011 12:53 PM
Last Edited 566 days ago

I thought he did ok. He kept it upright, got points and gained experience. In some ways he's facing the biggest learning curve because of the sheer hike in power over a 600. And the Ducati is far from the easiest MotoGP bike to get to grips with. Bit early to write him off yet.

shuggiemac

March 22, 2011 1:20 PM

It's amazing that people still have a go at this guy. He is riding that bike on merit and so what if his Dad's company has done well enough to sponsor him? If he was not good enough to be on the grid then the FIM would not let him be there. If it was a case of all you need is cash then Paris Soddin Hilton would be out there and not just sponsoring a team. How many riders on the Moto GP grid in any class grew up on a sink hole estate with the **** hanging out of their trousers? None of them I would wager. The guy has been in touch all the way through testing, as a rookie on a bike which is known as being damn hard to ride and not been developed and fine tuned by Vale in previous years. How on earth some precocious ignoramus can come on here and state that Abraham is not ready for Moto GP is beyond belief. An arm chair expert completely unqualified to make such a statement or judgement. I can't wait for the day that Karel wipes the smug look off all their faces.



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