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Cardion AB Ducati's Karel Abraham down in dumps after Estoril crash

'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
Czech rider Karel Abraham is feeling the strain after failing to score any points for the third consecutive MotoGP race at Estoril in Portugal.

Abraham was on course to finish in the points but crashed heavily while holding 12th place with just five laps remaining as he attempted to reel in works Ducati rider Nicky Hayden.

The Cardion AB Ducati rider said: “I wasn't seriously hurt in today's crash. I was trying to catch Nicky [Hayden], but lost my rear wheel coming out of a corner.

“I wasn't expecting a high-side, and I finished up getting thrown off. I'm really angry, that's all I can say about it. Tomorrow during testing we'll see if there's anything else we can do to improve the bike's set-up.”

Abraham injured his spine during a private test a Jerez and will have his back assessed before the next round of the series at Le Mans in France.

“Before Le Mans I will get my spine looked at. After the fall in Jerez, I wasn't 100%, but I'm not going to make excuses for myself,” he said.

“Over the next two weeks I'm going to have to sort myself out and finally get a few points in France.”

Marco Grana, Chief Mechanic, Cardion AB Motoracing, said the the team's biggest problem at present was Abraham's 'mental state'.

“This is a real disappointment - the bike was working well, and compared to yesterday, Abaja rode one lap over half a second quicker, which we were all very pleased about.

“Unfortunately, the incredible effort to overtake Hayden ended with him crashing out. After the morning's warm-up, the track surface had cooled a little, so today we chose a combination of hard front tyre with a soft mixture for the rear.

“Tomorrow we've got tests, and we'll again be trying out new settings on the motorcycle.

“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.”

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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 10:23 AM
Last Edited 1819 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.

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