MotoGP: Karel Abraham Out For Season

Cycle News Staff | September 19, 2013
  Karel Abraham will miss the rest of the 2013 MotoGP season due to a shoulder injury.

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Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham will miss the rest of the MotoGP World Championship to recover from the shoulder injury that he suffered in the Red Bull Indy Grand Prix in August. Abraham will undergo surgery to repair the injury.

The team will have to replace Abraham for the five remaining rounds in the MotoGP World Championship.

Abraham wasn’t able to finish last weekend’s Grand Prix of San Marino because of the pain and he will undergo surgery the first week of October.

“The current recovery procedures aim at maximum possible improvement of the shoulder function,” said Igor Cizmar, the hand, arm and shoulder specialist who will perform the surgery, in a team release. “If it were not for the positive find of the electromagnetic resonance examination we could continue with conservative therapy. When sufficient shoulder stability cannot even be achieved by targeted recovery surgery is the inevitable next step. After the intervention the operated shoulder must be fixed for less than a month after which period intense recovery may begin. Athletes with targeted stressing of the ligaments are recommended to resume full load after three months at the earliest.”

The team’s search for a replacement rider is on going.

“Our aim is to find a good pilot able to race already in Aragon next week,” said Karel Abraham Sr., the team manager of the Cardion AB Motoracing squad. “We preferably considered Czech pilots, but neither the promoter nor the association recommended them for safety reasons. The priorities include a pilot experienced in MotoGP or at least World Superbike racing.”