Karel Abraham has joined Ben Spies as a rider whose MotoGP career could be on the line after major reconstructive shoulder surgery.
Abraham suffered a serious injury to his shoulder joint during a massive high-side crash in August at Indianapolis, with surgery Wednesday in his native Czech Republic repairing major ligament damage. The surgery also involved grafting a tendon from Abraham's forearm to his shoulder, eerily similar to Spies' reconstructive surgery last October requiring a cadaver ligament.
Doctors said Abraham can return to full exercise within five or six weeks, a shorter post-op recovery period than Spies endured. But as Spies can attest, having a doctor proclaim the operation was successful and regaining the strength and flexibility needed to control and race a 270-horsepower Grand Prix prototype motorcycle are very different things.
World Supersport veteran Luca Scassa is riding Abraham's Cardion AB Aprilia CRT machine for the rest of the season.