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Abraham affected by technical problems

Abraham affected by technical problems

While trying to find the right set-up for the Ducati Desmosedici GP11, the Cardion AB Motoracing rider had an issue with his motorcycle on the first and last lap of the first free practice at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

“We tried the engine which we used during the Czech Republic GP, which I did not finished due to a broken radiator,“ the twenty one year old Czech rider said. “The engine stopped due to a oil cooler which was also damaged from the previous crash."

Although Karel Abraham set a best time of 1’43.528 and improved his lap time from the first free practice by 3.115 seconds, he finished seventeenth with a 2.804 second gap to the fastest rider Casey Stoner. “We need to make a lot of changes, especially on the set-up of the motorcycle. Then we will see," continued Abraham. "The new surface is very slippery but I believe that the grip on a new asphalt will improve over time."

The Czech rider has only one previous race start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in the 250cc class in 2009 where he finished 10th. In 2010 he went out in FP1 of the Moto2 class, but realised that he had not fully recovered from a concussion suffered in a crash two weeks earlier at Brno and withdrew from the race.

Cardion AB Motoracing press release

MotoGP, 2011, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing

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