Czech rider Karel Abraham had just five laps remaining to claim his first points of the season, but after a heavy fall in 12th
place he was unable to finish the Portuguese Grand Prix. Throughout the race he kept the Ducati Team rider Nick Hayden in his sights, gradually closing the gap down to 1.5 seconds, before suffering an unlucky crash.
‘I wasn’t seriously hurt in today’s crash. I was trying to catch Nicky, but lost my rear wheel coming out of a corner. I wasn’t expecting a highsider, and I finished up getting thrown off. I’m really angry, that’s all I can say about it! Tomorrow during testing we’ll see if there’s anything else we can do to improve the bike’s set-up’ said the Czech rider after the race, adding, ‘before Le Mans I will get my spine looked at. After the fall in Jerez, I wasn’t 100 %, but I’m not going to make excuses for myself. Over the next two weeks I’m going to have to sort myself out and finally get a few points in France.’
Marco Grana, Chief Mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing:
‘This is a real disappointment - the bike was working well, and compared to yesterday, Abaja rode one lap over half a second quicker, which we were all very pleased about. Unfortunately, the incredible effort to overtake Hayden ended with him crashing
out. After the morning’s warm-up, the track surface had cooled a little, so today we chose a combination of hard front tyre with a soft mixture for the rear. Tomorrow we’ve got tests, and we’ll again be trying out new settings on the motorcycle. The main problem we’re facing right now, though, is the mental state of our rider – which after three race failures isn’t too good.’
Czech MotoGP Rider Karel Abraham finished in the afternoon qualifying practice on 13th place with his best time
1:38,398. He lost 2,210 sec on the winner Casey Stoner and will start from the 5th row tomorrow.
“We were trying a lot new things during the practices today as the chassis set up and also new electronics. It is not an ideal situation so far, but we have to deal with it in some way. It is clear I have problems with breaking and I´m losing there a lot. We will do some changes until tomorrow and we will hopefully finish on points.”
Marco Grana, chief mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing:
“Weather conditions were much better today and we were concentrated mainly on breaking. We tried both bikes with different settings, but the main problem is still there. Karel is too soon on breaks than we want to and it´s visible especially on the long fast straights. Now we are going to try making other changes on the motorbike´s set up and we´ll see what tomorrow brings for us.”
přeložila Aspena – translated by Aspena, www.aspena.cz