Surprised Abraham still suffering with shoulder

Surprised Abraham still suffering with shoulder
Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Karel Abraham is optimistic about the new Honda RCV1000R for the upcoming season, but was shocked on Tuesday to find that he is still suffering significant pain from his injured shoulder.

After highsiding during free practice at Indianapolis last August (video below), the Cardion AB Motoracing rider sustained a left shoulder injury and has since had to undergo surgery; he is yet to compete in a Grand Prix since the San Marino race at Misano on 15 September.

"The recovery was going very well, it was great, but yesterday when I sat on a bike for a first time it didn’t go quite as well as I expected," the Czech rider lamented to admit. "It was quite painful. When I get back home before the second Malaysia test, I think I will have to work even harder to get the shoulder into the correct shape.

"I don’t think the problem is really the strength of the muscles, but actually the joint. The bone hurts quite a lot when I put any pressure on it."

The injury aside, Abraham insists that the new customer Honda motorcycle (of which there are four in the premier class field) is a strong contender.

"The bike is great, it’s a really good bike," he affirms. "I am really happy with the chassis and everything. It’s perfect."

Abraham has raced in the World Championship since 2005, when he debuted in the 125 class. His first stepped up to the top tier in 2011 and narrowly missed out on Rookie of the Year honours to Cal Crutchlow. His sole race victory to date came in the Moto2™ Valencia Grand Prix of 2010.

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