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Abraham: I need to enjoy racing in MotoGP again

“The most important thing right now is to feel that I enjoy racing again” - Karel Abraham.
Karel Abraham is looking to put a miserable MotoGP season behind him and make a fresh start on Cardion AB's new Production Honda machinery.

2014 will be Abraham's tenth year in grand prix and fourth in the premier-class.

However the Czech was forced to sit out much of last season due to shoulder injuries, which also prevented him from trying the brand new RCV1000R at the Valencia test.

“I am not going to talk about my goals. The most important thing right now is to feel that I enjoy racing again. I am sure the rest will come,” said the 24-year-old.

Abraham will start his 2014 track preparations when he rides the Open class Honda for the first time at the opening Sepang test, early next month.

The bike is a toned down version of the title winning RC213V, featuring steel rather than pneumatic valves and a conventional rather than seamless shift gearbox.

Abraham and Cardion spent their first two MotoGP seasons on satellite Ducati machinery before a switch to the Aprilia ART for 2013.

“Not having the opportunity to ride [the Honda] in Valencia is tough luck, but it is not really a handicap in terms of racing. I am of course very curious, as this is a brand new bike.”

Also riding the Open Honda this year will be Nicky Hayden (Aspar), Hiroshi Aoyama (Aspar) and Scott Redding (Gresini).

Away from the racetrack, Abraham's physical rehabilitation following lengthy shoulder surgery in October - which included grafting on a tendon from the forearm - has included training with kickboxer Tomáš Hron.

“I need to get into shape again and if one has a training partner to motivate them, it is much easier,” said Abraham.

“That said, the involuntary rest is a handicap that will affect my performance; not in terms of speed but stamina. Before the injury, I could easily make 50 test laps per day. It will take a while to get back to this number.

“We are doing our best to prepare me for the [final] official test in Qatar in March. Not to mention the first race of the season.”

Following round one in Qatar the MotoGP paddock will head to Austin, Texas then the new event at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina - a country absent from the calendar since 1999.

“It is looking adventurous since the circuit is brand new and far inland,” Abraham noted. “Transportation arrangements are quite complicated so I am very curious about that.”

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January 27, 2014 11:28 AM

KA has had a tough time injured, and shows just how bad a shoulder injury can be. I still cannot believe that the media were able to sell that Marquez dislocated his shoulder and then went on to race within couple of hours of doing so with no visible after-effects. Shoulder dislocations with the reciprocal trauma to surrounding soft tissues, tendons, ligaments, muscles etc. means that just racing straight after with no ill-effects just isn't on. Rotator cuff / Shoulder injuries have ended careers of the likes of Plater, Hodgson, Fogarty and (I think?) Doohan that come to mind without research. Spies too? Others like Melandri had long-term problems with repeat dislocations and weakness in the shoulder area. I wish KA luck and hope that his shoulder woes have been sorted.


January 28, 2014 8:28 PM

Will be interesting to see where he stacks up with Redding and Hayden. Hope hes fit and sharp the whole season long, I would have thought he would have committed to being a lawyer or something else by now, but I guess he's still hungry and wants to leave with something to show for it all.

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