Karel Abraham has confirmed he will miss the final race of the MotoGP season at Valencia after consultations with doctors advised him not to risk further injury to his foot during recovery.
The Czech rider has been forced to sit out the past three MotoGP rounds at Japan, Australia and Malaysia due to a foot injury he sustained in Catalunya in June and, according to specialists, 'another race could lead to permanent damage' during the recovery phase.
Abraham had been targeting a comeback for the final race of the year but has confirmed it is still too risky to race and put the injury under pressure. As had been the case in the previous two rounds at Phillip Island and Sepang, Australian Anthony West will replace him.
“It would be nice to come back at least for the last race but the cons dominate over the pros,” Abraham said. “The idle mode helped me a lot in recovery, the foot is getting better and better and I can even put some weight on it. If I sat on a bike and rode on 100%, my condition would get several weeks back in time and the recovery would be prolonged. It would not be good since I probably still have some “riding” to do this year.
“I wish Tony good luck and the best possible result. I will tell him that in person as well since I surely don't want to miss this grand finale.”
Abraham's AB Motoracing team is yet to confirm its 2016 plans amid rumours of a switch to WSBK.