Great MotoGP test: we are in top ten

Loss of only 858 thousandth to the fastest rider. Best open class bike and elite Top Ten. This is the dream result for Karel Abraham during last pre-season testing in Losail, Qatar. The Czech rider ended tenth on day 2 and reached eleventh place in combined practice lap times. Third day of tests did not brought any changes as it was cancelled due to rain.

Karel Abraham

„Honestly I expected that we would be better than in Sepang. I like more this circuit than Sepang and we could only focus on improving our work from previous tests, where we had been gradually learning to work with new components such as brakes and suspension. And we did it really well. The bike was prepared perfectly, everything worked great. We did our fastest lap on “race combination” of soft front and hard rear tyre and this is really positive. It is pity that we could not ride third day, because we certainly have some space for improvement. Nevertheless we can be satisfied, we are ready for the beginning of the season."

Marco Grana, chief mechanic  AB Motoracing

„Of course I am really satisfied with our results. Both two days we were fastest among open bikes and we were in front of some factory riders such as Scott Redding. I believe that it should not be an exception and we can fight for this position during the season. We have some space for acceleration. Karel made a mistake within his fastest lap and it certainly costs him some hundredths. On Saturday we saved one tyre, which we wanted to use on the last day of testing. So we could be faster whether we have used it. In Sepang we were learning to work with Showa suspension that was quite complicated for us at the beginning. Now we understand it quite well and we capitalized this experience very well. However we are not at the end of the journey, we still have some space for improvement. But Top Ten certainly means an accomplished dream to us."

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