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Abraham makes steps at Sepang

Karel Abraham finished the first Official Test of the 2012 season in twelfth position, setting a best lap time of 2'02.218.

Compared to his best time yesterday, the Czech rider improved his lap by almost 4 thousandths of a second, but finished 2.611s behind the leader. Abraham rounded the track nearly 150 times over the three day test and was worn out by third day's end, rendering him unable to push to the limit for the second part of the final day.

Karel Abraham

"Today’s test didn’t go very well. We made some improvements in the morning, but then we had the same problems as always. The bike slide a lot and I wasn’t able to accelerate from the corner enough. We figured out something right before the end and my feeling on the bike was much better. We were able to post fast and stable lap times, but then the rain came and it was over. It looks like an optimistic end, but I’m not sure if the bike will work just as well as today during the next test. Sometimes in the past we thought we had a good set-up that didn’t work next time."

Martin Havlíček, Cardion AB Motoracing team mechanic

"Although we set our best lap time of the day during the morning session, we produced our best result right before the end when we made some changes on the set-up of the bike and Karel completed a few fast laps in a row. That’s good news for us, but we’re still quite disappointed with today’s result. We compared our lap times from every part of the track and we know that we could post atime around 2'01.5, but unfortunately we weren’t able to put these fastest parts together into a single lap. The gap between us and the fastest rider is bigger than yesterday, but it’s the same for every rider. We must admit that Casey Stoner produces phenomenal lap times."

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MotoGP, 2012, Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing

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