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.
the post-injury rehabilitation in fall, he started practicing again. His
training partner is kickboxer Tomáš Hron.
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.
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
“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.
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.