Positive day for the Pramac Racing Team

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Andrea Iannone set the best lap time of 1’31.844, while his teammate Yonny Hernandez done a lap of 1’32.800.

The second IRTA test day for the 2014 season took place at the 'Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana' under a bright sun and in temperatures of 23º C (73° F) that contributed to the success of today's session.

The engine on Andrea Iannone’s Desmosedici GP13 was started at 11:00 a.m., and the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider and his team continued the scheduled work program. The track closed at 5:00 p.m., at which point Andrea had completed a total of 68 laps, setting a best lap time of 1’31.844 that put him in tenth place.

Meanwhile, Yonny Hernandez started the morning with a visit to the Clinica Mobile. After taking into consideration the MRI performed yesterday on the Colombian, the medical staff confirmed the fracture previously diagnosed and excluded any other damage apart from normal inflammation of the tendon. Therefore, at 11:30 a.m., Yonny climbed aboard his Ducati and eventually set his personal best time of 1’32.800 on the 26th of his 27 laps. He and his team decided to end the day early in order to rest his hand ahead of a test to be held at Jerez November 27-29.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team
Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

“Today, we continued with our program. We’re basically trying some components that we already had, but with different settings, to see if anything changes, where they improve and where they’re worse. This morning with the same tyre that I used yesterday for about 18 laps, I was able to be pretty fast. I had a good feeling and I matched yesterday’s pace. It isn’t easy to improve our lap times but that’s why we’re trying different things compared to what we do during the season. I have the same bike that I used during the championship, but before lunch we tried the new fairing and tomorrow I'll try the frame used by Dovi this year. I want to try to gather as much data as possible so that Ducati can process it in the coming months in order to go to Sepang with a bike that allows us to do something more.”

Yonny Hernandez – Pramac Racing Team
“This morning I went out and I was pretty good, but then my right little finger began hurting again. We still tried the soft tyre, which had given me a good feeling yesterday. During the first two laps, we improved more than with the tyre used in the last race. I think it’s interesting to understand how to work with this new soft tyre because I think we can still improve a bit. Unfortunately, I still have pain in my finger and I couldn’t do more laps. I hope to be fit for the next test so that I’ll be able to try the new electronics.”

Pramac Racing Team

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