The official MotoGP Test at Sepang: Abraham finishes twelfth
Twelfth place and 2,124s gap between him and the fastest rider Jorge Lorenzo aboard factory Yamaha. This is the result of Karel Abraham after the first day of the official MotoGP test at Sepang in Malaysia. For the first time in 2012 season, Karel Abraham tried out the new Ducati Desmosedici GP12 with 1000cc engine. The Czech motorcycle rider set a best lap time on lap 36 and completed 45 laps – approximately 250 kilometres. Except Dani Pedrosa, who completed 48 laps, Karel Abraham spent the most time aboard his bike with his 45 laps, as well as the Spaniard Alvaro Bautista from San Carlo Gresini team.
„Motocross was my only chance to ride a bike over the winter and it’s a great feeling to be back aboard the race bike. Last time I tried this bike was at Valencia during the post-season test, so I was looking forward to this test. We start with a new bike, we need to set-up everything and change a lot of things on the chassis. Actually, we start from the scratch with electronics. New 1000cc engine has a different course, but I’m trying to adapt on it. Today we gathered a lot of data and now we can prepare the bike for tomorrow. We can set a fast lap times only during the morning when the weather isn’t so hot and I’m not so tired. The weather here is the same as always – big heat and high humidity. I must admit that I don’t like this kind of weather, but it just belongs to this test.“
Martin Havlíček, mechanic of Cardion AB Motoracing team
„We completed 45 laps, we made some small changes and spent a lot of time working on electronics. Now we are making some adjustments on the gearbox and tomorrow we want to try various set-up of the swingarm. It’s a lot of work because the bike is completely different comparing to the last year’s Ducati. Engine has a different course and Karel needed some time to adapt on it. Then we gathered some data which will be important for tomorrow.
„It’s a shame that we lost some time due to weather today. Although the test began at 10:00 AM, some parts of the track were still wet after overnight rain and were drying up very slowly, especially around the roofed grandstands. We are just beginning and there was no point to risk any crash and injury on wet track. Tomorrow will be much more important day for us. Weather forecast reports changeable weather, but we are hoping for sun and dry track.“