One of the riders who has been around the longest, Karel Abraham has spent many years on the circuit in the MotoGP series. Joining the premier league in 2011, Abraham began with Ducati and after a brief relationship with Honda, he has been back with Ducati since 2017.
While Abraham may not be a consistent, top half finisher, we are here to identify the areas where he has improved over the years and where he excels in comparison to his opponents.
Taking the last 4 seasons into consideration, the Czech rider holds a competitive predator index against the other riders. While his weaker prey index suggests poor qualifying and defensive riding skills, his ability to pick off opponents throughout a race suggests a strong offensive style. This is a very important skill set for riders to obtain, especially those who are inconsistent with qualifying. If Abraham is able to improve his qualifying results, he must focus on his prey index as to not sacrifice steps made in gaining ground.
With the Czech Grand Prix next on the roster, let’s take a look at where Abraham stands in regard to historical performance at the Brno Circuit.
Historical sector speed may not be the Ducati rider’s strong point, but where he lacks in speed he makes up for in consistency! Abraham’s sector 2 and sector 3 consistencies rank high among the group as he is able to crank out identical times each lap. If he can maintain his strong consistency while pushing times in sector 2 and 3 we may see a leap in performance.
In a race, fast times are nothing without consistency. It takes a combination of the two to produce a podium rider.