Abraham looking forward to cooler temperatures

Abraham looking forward to cooler temperatures
Monday, 4 March 2013

Karel Abraham is excited about this month’s MotoGP™ test in Jerez, not least as he found it tough to adapt to the scorching surroundings of Malaysia last week. For 2013, the Czech has converted from a prototype to a CRT machine.

CRT (Claiming Rules Teams) were new in the sport last year, coinciding with the general switch to 1000cc equipment. Abraham endured a trying campaign, finishing in the overall 14th position he had also achieved 12 months earlier.

"The test went a lot better than the previous one - especially on the last day, when we tried to hit a lap time under one minute and four seconds," the Cardion AB Motoracing rider told motogp.com in a video interview at Sepang. "Unfortunately, we didn’t get to that lap time, but just above it. Of course we tried a lot of things, a lot of setups, and the bike seems to be working very well right now."

The 23-year-old admits that he is keen to head back to a more familiar climate.

"At the next test in Jerez, the plan is to be closer to the top CRT bikes of Espargaró and de Puniet," Abraham continues of the Power Electronics Aspar duo. "It will probably be a lot easier for me because Malaysia is not one of my best circuits and it’s very hot here."

The Jerez test will be staged between 23-25 March, bringing down the curtain on the 2013 pre-season before the MotoGP™ community heads to Qatar for Round 1.

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