Karel Abraham is optimistic that he will be fit to race in the Japanese Grand Prix after his violent crash at the start of the Aragon MotoGP race yesterday.
The Czech rider was kept in hospital in Alcaniz overnight for observation after sustaining concussion in the first-corner crash, during which he first struck his head on the ground as he fell, and was then also hit on the helmet by the wheel of his Cardion AB Ducati as he tumbled through the run-off. He has now left the hospital to return home to the Czech Republic, where he will have more medical checks before his participation in the Motegi round in a fortnight can be confirmed.
"Fortunately, I have nothing broken, only a slight concussion," said Abraham.
The crash was particularly unfortunate for Abraham as he had qualified an impressive eighth, the third top 10 start of his MotoGP rookie year.
"I'm glad I didn't suffer any serious injury, but I'm disappointed with the way I ended this race weekend," he said. "I produced one of my best performances in the qualifying session and made a promising start to the race, but then I crashed. I want to leave this race behind and focus on the upcoming grand prix."
Abraham said he had no idea whether he had crashed alone or made contact with another rider.
"Honestly, I cannot tell what happened before the crash," he said. "It all happened too fast."