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Abraham misses Assen and is a strong doubt for Sachsenring

Abraham misses Assen and is a strong doubt for Sachsenring

Following consultation with medical staff, Karel Abraham did not take part in Saturday’s MotoGP race at Assen in the Netherlands, and will most likely be forced to miss the next round in Germany.

Before the morning warm-up, the Czech rider underwent a new check-up, which showed that his hand is healing very slowly and that any further strain could make matters worse.

Karel Abraham

“We tried riding flat out in the warm-up in the morning, just to see if the hand would hold up for the entire race. Unfortunately, the pain was quite intense and it would be nearly impossible to ride at full pelt for three-quarters of an hour. Before that, I’d gone for another check-up with the doctors, where they explained that the cause of the pain was the mass bruising of the hand, which would only get worse with any repeated strain. It’s tough, but the only way the hand’s going to get better is with complete rest and rehabilitation. With this in mind, we’ve decided in all likelihood to skip the next race at the Sachsenring in Germany, since the hand is not going to heal in five days and any further strain would put us back to square one. So, I’ll have at least two weeks of rehab, which I hope will be enough time to be fully ready for the next race at Italy’s Mugello circuit. To miss out on Germany is really difficult to take: for Czech fans, it’s the closest race apart from Brno, and I know that there are many fans looking forward to the trip. I’d just like to let them know that I’m really sorry.”

MotoGP, 2012, IVECO TT ASSEN, Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing

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