Broken gear lever pushed us out of the race

Karel Abraham retired from the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP race due to the technical issue. Abraham moved forward from 7th row to 15th fighting in the group with Alvaro Bautista, Eugene Laverty, Jack Miller and Nicky Hayden for 13th place. Six laps before checkered flag Abraham must enter pits and retired.

Karel Abraham Karel Abraham

„It seemed to be a quite good race. I did good start and the race was going well. I was holding 15th position and closing the gap to Nicky and Jack. But then the gearbox lever broke. I can say anything about it. We are just unlucky. On the other hand I´m really curious about the front tyre, which was almost destroyed six laps before the finish. But most of riders suffered the same problem.”

Karel Abraham Marco Grana, šéfmechanik AB Motoracing

“We are really disappointed. We were riding good race after problem we had been suffering on Friday and Saturday. We were on points with a chance to get on 13th position. But then the gear lever broke and Karel must retire. The only thing we know is that it´s a mechanical issue, the lever is simply “cracked” probably because of material defect. It is really bad luck for us.”