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Abraham suffered ankle fracture in teammate collision

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Abraham suffered ankle fracture in teammate collision
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Apr 21, 2017, 11:24 PM

Karel Abraham sustained a hairline fracture in his right ankle in a “completely useless” Austin practice clash with Aspar Ducati MotoGP teammate Alvaro Bautista.

Karel Abraham, Aspar Racing Team
Alvaro Bautista, Aspar Racing Team
Alvaro Bautista, Aspar Racing Team
Second place Karel Abraham, Aspar Racing Team
Karel Abraham, Aspar Racing Team
Alvaro Bautista, Aspar Racing Team

Abraham, who qualified second in Argentina a fortnight ago, crashed exiting Turn 11 in Friday’s second practice session, with his 2015-model Ducati landing on his right ankle.

A decision on whether he continues in the third round of the season will be taken on Saturday, following the collision with his teammate that came just after he fitted soft tyres late in the session.

“I went out and took the first few corners carefully then started to push,” Abraham said. “I got to the hairpin before the back straight and braked a little too late, so I ran wide. 

“When I turned and opened the throttle, unfortunately Alvaro was exiting the corner at the same time and I don't know if his bike moved or what but he hit me from the side. 

“I didn't expect it, I had a big crash and the bike landed on me. Now I have pain in a couple of places. I need an X-ray on my ankle but I hope to be back on the bike again [on Saturday]. 

"I am annoyed because if you make a mistake and crash you at least learn something. This one was completely useless.”

Bautista “thought he was letting me through”

Abraham finished with the 21st fastest time, five places behind Bautista, who said he thought the Czech rider had seen him and was giving him room in the incident.

“I could see that he was riding slowly and I didn't want to pass him on the brakes into Turn 11, so I waited to pass him on the straight,” Bautista, who finished fourth in Argentina, said.

“I thought he was letting me through but then he came back onto the track and there wasn't enough room for both of us. 

“We touched and he went down. Luckily I think he's OK.”

UPDATE: On Saturday morning, Aspar confirmed that Abraham had received medical clearance to continue participating in the weekend.

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