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Czech rider Karel Abraham left Qatar in an optimistic mood on Sunday, having felt better with his shoulder problems and with his pace increasing significantly over the three days in the desert.
The Cardion AB Motoracing representative is still struggling with an ongoing shoulder issue, but he was more comfortable on the Honda RCV1000R in Qatar than he was in Sepang.
In Malaysia, albeit with the top factory riders present, Abraham was 4.3s off the pace, but at Qatar he reduced that gap to 2.5s from the top of the timesheet. He also improved his own personal best by a significant 1.5s from day one to day three under the Losail floodlights.
“We had to catch up on what we could not test in Malaysia, so they were three really busy days here,” he reflected. “For me personally though it was a much easier test than in Sepang. Firstly because in Qatar there’s more comfortable weather and secondly because the shoulder seems better and it didn’t limit me, at least on Friday and Saturday. Compared to the previous test we took a big step.”
“We got close to the level of (Hiroshi) Aoyama and (Scott) Redding riding on the same bike as me. Just Nicky Hayden got away from us. Unfortunately on the last day of the test I started to feel the shoulder problem again. It’s a pity, because we started to improve our times and I managed to ride under 1’58.5. On the other hand it is good that we ended a little bit earlier because the temperature dropped, the wind started to blow and some riders crashed at the end of session.”
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