Cardion AB Press Release: Karel Abraham Looks Ahead To 2014

The Cardion AB team today issued the following press release, in which rider Karel Abraham looks ahead to the 2014 season, and considers his prospects on the Honda RCV1000R Open Honda:

I need to feel I enjoy racing again, say Karel Abraham prior to his tenth season

This will be Karel Abraham’s tenth season in the Road Racing World Championship. In 2005, he was a fifteen-year old rookie. In the early 2014, he is still in recovery after a nasty shoulder injury and says, “I am not going to talk about my goals and achievements. The most important thing right now is to feel that I enjoy racing again. I am sure the rest will come,” says the rider who has just turned 24.

Karel Abraham will sit on his new bike during the first week of February, during winter testing in Sepang, Malaysia. “Not having the opportunity to ride it in Valencia in fall is tough luck, but it is not really a handicap in terms of racing. I was of course very curious, as this is a brand new bike. I can’t even ask anyone what it is like,” Abraham says with a grin in his face. Following the post-injury rehabilitation in fall, he started practicing again. His training partner is kickboxer Tomáš Hron. “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 make fifty test laps per day. It will take a while to get back to this number,” Abraham guesses. “We are doing our best to prepare me for the official tests in Qatar in March. Not to mention the first race of the season,” he adds.

At the beginning of the MotoGP season, racers and their teams will spend more time across the Atlantic Ocean than usual. After the traditional evening race in Qatar and the Austin, Texas race, the paddock will head for Argentina, where the last world championship race was held in 1999. “It is looking adventurous since the circuit is brand new and far inland. Transportation arrangements are quite complicated so I am very curious about that,” Abraham noted. The championship will return to Europe at the beginning of May. The Grand Prix of the Czech Republic will take place on 15–17 August. In addition to Karel Abraham, fans can look forward to Jakub Kornfeil and rookie Karel Hanika in Moto3.


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I wish Karel Abraham luck on his production racer. He gets a hard time often, seeming perceived as only buying his way in to GP. Whilst he clearly has a well off family, I think it is quite harsh to dismiss him so readily. In his rookie season he battled with Cal Cruthlow to the final race of the season, barely missing out despite the fact he was racing the 'unraceable' Ducati Desmosedci and Cal the super sweet Yamaha.

I hope he finds some success but regardless, I hope he finds the enjoyment in his racing again.

Seems like a good kid, hope he goes well this year. The results should be better than when he was battling the Ducati.

Not to hijack this thread, but how did his shoulder injury differ from Ben Spies? Was it the amount of damage? They were both repaired the same way, correct?

Lets play "Who said it?" about Karel Abraham.

"There are a lot more people in line who deserve a ride more from their previous results. It's a tough job out there and if he comes into the class and really proves himself then that's fantastic.

"But he hasn't proven himself enough just yet. It is fantastic for him to have an opportunity like that but sometimes there are more deserving riders.

"Unfortunately the paddock just doesn't take the top riders from classes and put them in. It's who comes with the money.

"Some people have gone in with money and they have surprised everyone so this might give him a lot of motivation to come out and do well.

"There are probably people in national championships who should be with us who just don't get he right opportunities."

This was said on Karel's entry to MotoGP. Can anyone say that he has earned his place and deserves to be there on talent and results since ? Yes money talks in so many parts of life, and MotoGP is no exception.

Karel is a lucky guy. Hopefully now he's on the Proddy he can prove the doubters wrong.

The one fact to dismiss any argument about Karel Araham 'shouldn't' be in MotoGP is that he brings an entire team. It is not as though he takes a ride from someone others may perceive is more deserving. He and his team add to the MotoGP landscape and by that fact alone he 'deserves' to be in MotoGP.