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British MotoGP: Karel Abraham plans to race at Silverstone

By Matthew Birt -


 13 June 2012 09:47

Karel Abraham has confirmed his intention to compete in this weekend’s British Grand Prix, having initially been a serious doubt with a hand injury.

The Czech Republic rider suffered heavy falls in each of the one-day tests at Catalunya and Motorland Aragon last week and was a doubt after the second crash left him with two broken fingers.

The Cardion AB Ducati rider though will attempt to compete at Silverstone this weekend after experiencing a torrid start to his second season in MotoGP.

His 12th place finish at the last race in Catalunya was the first time he has been in the points in 2012.

Abraham, who only lost the battle for the coveted Rookie of the Year prize in 2011 to Cal Crutchlow at the final round in Valencia, said: “I´m leaving to Silverstone on Wednesday after medical examination. We´ll try to put out the splint and we´ll see if the movements with the hand will be painful and if the cut fingers won´t bleed again.

"I really would like to race at Silverstone. We need to collect points in championship and I´ll do everything to be at the track. On the other side it would be irresponsible to race at all costs, risking that the healing will take longer.

"There´s a series of four races started by Assen and it would be really a catastrophe to lose these races.”