Karel Abraham has apologised for the crash that potentially cost him a surprise top five finish in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, though he was nonetheless pleased to salvage seventh place.

The Czech rider made notable strides over the weekend in comparison to his MotoGP debut in Qatar, cracking the top ten during free practice.

Going on to battle with the mid-field riders in the race, Abraham would rise ahead of his more experienced rivals to break away with Hiroshi Aoyama. However, the Cardion AB Ducati rider would see his impeccable ride come to a sudden halt when he made an error whilst attempting to pass Aoyama.

Though he got going again to cross the line in seventh position, he was frustrated with the accident that cost him a better result.

"I am very happy with this result, but I am sorry that I crashed because I could even finish in fifth place. We rode side-by-side with Aoyama, but unfortunately I made small mistake and crashed."

Aoyama would go on to finish fourth position, just behind podium winner Nicky Hayden.

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