Fourth row for Yonny Hernandez at Twin Ring Motegi

Yonny Hernandez best time of 1'55.998 placed the Colombian rider just off the third row, in tenth place.

As expected the second day of the Japanese GP at the Twin Ring Motegi underwent changes to the program, due to adverse weather conditions.

This time the constant and abundant rain, together with a lack of visibility, were responsible for the postponement of the morning’s practice sessions and their subsequent cancellation. The track was in fact too wet to be declared safe and it remained closed until 12.50 when the Moto3 bikes came out of the pits to tackle the qualifying session valid for tomorrow’s starting grid, followed by one hour and fifteen minutes of qualifying action for MotoGP machines and finally Moto2.

Yonny Hernandez
Yonny Hernandez

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

Despite persistent pain in his injured right hand, a resolute Yonny Hernandez immediately topped the timesheets during the single qualifying session for round 17 of the championship. His best time of 1'55.998, set at the end of the session, placed the Colombian rider just off the third row, in tenth place – his best qualifying result so far. The Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider will now take advantage of the fifty-minute free practice session tomorrow morning to make up for lost time in view of the race.

Yonny Hernandez – Ignite Pramac Racing Team “Today I obtained my best position on the grid, and I am very happy. I started very well, immediately pushed hard and I was fine. The hand hurts a little bit but it is not a problem. Given that I have never tried it in the wet, I have to say that I had some very good impressions. I noticed that the bike has a lot of grip, but unfortunately I did not have enough time to find the limit of the rear wheel. Tomorrow we start from tenth place and I hope to get a good result. I will do everything possible in order to be competitive and fast.”

Pramac Racing Team

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