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.”