In Japan we hold seventeenth position

Karel Abraham has started with seventeenth fastest lap free practices of Grand Prix of Japan, at Motegi. On the track, where four years ago the Czech rider reached for the first time in his carrier to podium in Moto2 class, he achieved time 1:47,406 and he is losing 2,266 seconds to the fastest rider, Andrea Dovizioso.

Karel Abraham

"We are quit curious about the weather forecast, for now, the weather is changing, so maybe it will be same weekend as it was in Aragon, Spain. The bike is not going very well, we have lot of problems with grip. In the morning session I had some troubles, but fortunately I handled it. We will discuss a lot about the tyres. For now, we neither confortable with type, nor with combinations of tyres. We will have to work a lot."

Marco Grana, chief mechanic  Cardion AB Motoracing

"We haven’t started that bad, we are second fastest Honda bike in open class. However we have problem with adhesion with front wheel, tyres are really hard. It is good in intensive breaking but in middle part of turn it is disadvantage and bike is behaving unpredictable. We are quite satisfied with time and we know have some space for improvements. Karel has not ridden the best lap yet. He could be faster by half of the second. We have prepared three types of setting to try for tomorrow. I believe, we are able to get under limit of 1:47 and stay in top fifteen."

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