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Testing ends early for Abraham

Testing ends early for Abraham

Karel Abraham, who completed only 3 laps during the first day of the second official MotoGP™ test at Sepang, withdrew from the test after back injuries from a crash at Jerez in Spain last week didn’t allowed him to continue.

The crash suffered by Karel Abraham at the Jerez circuit last week has taken its toll on the Czech rider at the Official Test at Sepang. Abraham completed just three laps on the first day of the test before leaving due to severe back pain which prevented him to continue. Ducati test rider Franco Battaini piloted Abraham's bike on Tuesday, completing the day in thirteenth place, 3.802s behind the fastest time set by Casey Stoner.

Karel Abraham:
“It’s a shame, because we lost a lot of time that we could spend by working on the bike. But it doesn’t make any sense to continue with such pain and the chance that the injury would heal during the next two days is quite small. Now I’m heading back to the Czech Republic. The crash at Jerez was unlucky. There was an oil spill on the track and the bike slipped on it. The crash was hard, the bike even caught fire. I underwent some tests in a hospital in Brno after I returned from Jerez and there is a possibility that my scapula is fractured. There are three weeks before the final pre-season test and I know that I have to be fit as soon as possible and continue in the training. We lost a lot of time and now we have only a few days before the first race in Qatar to minimize the gap between us and the other riders.”

MotoGP, 2012, Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing

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