Hernandez completed day one at Sepang International Circuit

There are still some small changes to be made to the Desmosedici GP13 to increase Yonny Hernandez's confidence for qualifying tomorrow.

The first two free-practice sessions for the MotoGP World Championship’s 15th round took place in challenging weather conditions, with air temperature reaching 28º C (82º F) and humidity climbing to 76%.

Yonny Hernandez
Yonny Hernandez

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

After Yonny Hernandez spent the morning session familiarizing himself with the circuit and the Desmosedici GP13 (which is still new to the Colombian, who is riding in substitution for Texan Ben Spies), he ended the day with a best time of 2.03.780. The time was over a second faster than his best from FP1, and it put him in 15th position in the provisional standings.

There are still some small changes to be made to the bike by the Ignite Pramac Racing Team technicians in hopes of increasing Yonny’s confidence for qualifying tomorrow.

Yonny Hernandez – Ignite Pramac Racing Team: “Today was harder than at Aragon. It required more effort to manage the quick changes of direction, and I struggled to get used to braking. Tomorrow we can definitely improve because we’re thinking about a small change to the fork, which should help me. I'm sure I’ll slowly get used to the bike, as even today the feeling improved and I feel more comfortable. I need to do some more laps on this track, which I don’t really know well, and which isn’t one of the easiest. It’s also very hot, but I'm fine”

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Tags ducati, hernandez, motogp, pramac, sepang