Abraham eager to sample new Honda

Friday, 24 January 2014

Karel Abraham is unable to hide his enthusiasm over a return to the MotoGP™ World Championship for the start of 2014, as he lines up on a Honda RCV1000R.

The Czech rider sat out half of the Grands Prix last year through injuries picked up in separate accidents at Circuit of the Americas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the meantime, he was substituted for in his family-owned Cardion AB Motoracing team by Italy’s Luca Scassa. However, having celebrated his 24th birthday just after the start of the New Year, Abraham is now desperate to get back out on-track.

“I am not going to talk about my goals and achievements,” insists the rider who in 2011 narrowly missed out on the Rookie of the Year title to Cal Crutchlow. “The most important thing right now is to feel that I enjoy racing again. I am sure the rest will come. Not having the opportunity to ride (the new bike) in Valencia in autumn was tough luck, but it is not really a handicap in terms of racing.

“I am of course very curious, as this is a brand-new bike. I can’t even ask anyone what it is like. I need to get into shape again and if one has a training partner to motivate them, it is much easier. That said, the involuntary rest is a handicap that will affect my performance - not in terms of speed but stamina. Before the injury, I could easily do 50 test laps per day. It will take a while to get back to doing that.”

In order to help boost his physical condition, Abraham is training across the off-season with professional kickboxer and fellow Czech countryman Tomas Hron.

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