The 2013 MotoGP season has been a bad one for shoulder injuries. Shoulder problems have caused Ben Spies to miss almost the entire MotoGP season, and now Karel Abraham has also decided to sit out the remainder of 2013.

The Czech rider injured his shoulder in a bad fall at Indianapolis, causing ligament damage which needs surgery to correct. Abraham is currently undergoing therapy to prepare for surgery, scheduled to take place in early October.

Abraham’s situation once again underlines how problematic shoulder injuries are. The shoulder is the most complicated joint in the human body, because of the range of motion the shoulder has.

To give the shoulder such freedom of movement, it contains a large amount of soft tissue and connecting ligaments. This tissue is easily damaged in a crash, and such tissue takes a very long time to heal properly, and complicated surgery to correct.

The Cardion AB team will now look for a replacement, but finding one will not be easy. They have been told by Dorna and the FIM that a replacement rider should have prior experience, either in MotoGP or World Superbikes, on the grounds of safety.

That severely limits the list of eligible candidates, especially as Paul Bird’s PBM squad must also find a similar rider to replace Yonny Hernandez, who is moving into the Pramac team to replace Ben Spies.

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Source: Cardion AB; Photo: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Peter

    Man, they’re really strapped for a rider, huh? I might me able to step in if they’re really stuck, let me just check my schedule… :P

  • Bill

    John Hopkins comes to mind. Max Biaggi might do it. It is an Aprilia after all. Josh Hayes road a Yamaha in Moto GP, Blake Young has sort of ridden a Moto GP race. Steve Rapp did at one point. Maybe you could convince Troy Bayliss. I am sure there are some others who they could get to ride.

  • Bruce

    Peter, with all due respect, I have Cardion AB themed bodywork on my Aprilia RSV4 track-bike. That type of team support and my familiarity with the RSV4 engine put me ahead of you in line as a replacement rider. My lack of world-class professional racing experience and anticipated 15 seconds per lap behind the rest of the field may impede my opportunity though. :-)

    On a more serious note, good luck to Karel for a full recovery.

  • Kev71

    Not surprising, he crashes all the time. Please don’t put Hopkins on the thing…. He’ll crash even more!

  • Jw

    One can only wishful think here. I for the sake of the sport would elect Stoner. Considering how he beat the Ducati into submission, perhaps he could make the Aprilia do well. I would really like to see an underdog factory like Aprilia get a good chance at the big box factories.

  • TexusTim

    @ bruce..if you can do 15 seconds slower than there slowest rider your very fast…realisticly more like 30 to 45 seconds and thats if your good…..@JW… Stoner ? interesting but I doubt it more like wishfull thinking but what an uproar if he did sub for the remaining season.

  • paulus – Thailand

    Kevin Schwantz…. :)

  • smiler

    Now Dorna can movae another Spanish rider in.

  • Lovard

    Just repeating what was written on Motomatters, but I genuinely think Chris Vermeulen, sure no-one can spell his name and he has had his fair share of injuries, but he has the experience drive and talent to do the job, but they probably don’t want anyone who will end the year with more points than Karel…..

    On another point though, how does Dorna expect anyone to get Experience on a GP bike, if it’s only those with experience they will accept to ride a GP bike, at some point in time you simply run out of people!

  • Seth

    the team said the wanted a czech rider but was shot down by Dorna and the FIM because of “saftey” which is weird because Jakub Smrz and his brother Matej are fully capable riders, and I would have Karel Sr. took a shot at one of the two. I mean Lukas Pesek is in GPs after all.

  • tony

    call nori !