Despite his best efforts and his strong determination, Yonny Hernandez didn’t manage to perform to his expectations on the second and final day of practice and qualifying sessions at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, site of the final round of the 2013 season. The Colombian will have to settle for sixth row of the starting grid in tomorrow’s race.

Yonny Hernandez
Yonny Hernandez

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Starting in the morning session, the Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider run was slowed by persistent pain in his right hand, despite the invaluable assistance of the Clinica Mobile. His difficulty in maneuvering the bike with the necessary sensitivity was the cause of a pair of crashes that occurred during the course of the day, one at turn 4 during FP4, and the other at turn 12 in Q1.

Yonny ended the day immediately after taking part in Q1, during which he recorded his fastest time of the weekend, 1'32 .966, which placed him 16th on tomorrow’s grid.

Yonny Hernandez – Ignite Pramac Racing Team: "Today I crashed twice. During FP3 I lost grip first with the rear tyre, and then I lost the front and fell. Then in the afternoon session, I was able to brake hard while trying to pick up the pace, but my hand couldn’t handle it. The biggest problem so far this weekend has clearly been with my finger. This morning it was very bad, to the point of not being able to handle the bike, and I obviously paid with my result.

Although I had injections, the pain was really intense, and it simply increased during FP4 and Q1. I didn’t have sensitivity in the hand; it was as if I was riding with only three fingers. However, I was able to brake and ride better this afternoon than in the morning and in fact my time improved. I'll definitely try to do my best as always tomorrow, but I really hope to feel better."

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