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Abraham takes best grid position of MotoGP debut season

Abraham takes best grid position of MotoGP debut season

The premier class rookie will be the highest placed Ducati on the starting grid for Sunday’s AirAsia British Grand Prix.

Karel Abraham put in his best qualifying performance of his rookie MotoGP career to date at Silverstone on Saturday, setting the sixth fastest time of the hour-long QP at the British circuit.

The Cardion AB Motoracing rider’s best lap of 2’04.151 secured him a second-row start for his sixth premier class race, and put him ahead of the five other Desmosedici machines on the grid including the factory machines of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi.

“We are very happy because it’s been a great day for us,” said the Czech rider. “We did a very good job, me, my mechanics – I have to thank them because everything was brilliant today. Of course we also had a lot of luck too.”

He continued: “Tomorrow on the grid I will be very nervous as I always am. It will be my first time on the second row which is a big success for me, and we’ll just try to fight. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow and in the rain everything changes – you can be winning the race and you can also finish in the gravel so we need to wait and see. Of course I will do my best to have a good race tomorrow, as will my mechanics.”

Commenting on grip levels with the Bridgestone tyres, Abraham stated: “It was a bit slippery, especially in the morning session when the temperature was lower, but in the afternoon it was getting better. We got a very good feeling in the front but in some corners it was not so good, I felt a little bit of movement on the front but we are trying to solve it. Actually we did (solve it) a little bit following the morning session, so I think we’re in good shape.”

MotoGP, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing

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