Yonny Hernández will be Andrea Iannone’s teammate on the Pramac Racing Team during the 2014 MotoGP season. Starting today for the three-day IRTA test at the Valencia circuit, the Colombian will be riding his Ducati as a fulltime team rider.
Yonny Hernández Vega (born 25 July 1988 in Medellin) won the Colombian 85cc Motocross Championship in 2003 and 2005, finishing second in 2004. In 2007 he won the Colombian Supermoto S1 and S2 Championships and in 2008, while participating in the Supermotard Spanish League, he climbed to the top step of the podium four times. In 2009 Hernández competed in the CEV Supersport category aboard a Suzuki before moving in 2010 to the Moto2 class, his first season in the World Championship.
He continued in that category in 2011 before advancing in 2012 to the MotoGP class, with the introduction of CRT bikes. In 2013 he joined the Paul Bird Motorsport Team, riding an ART, before replacing the injured Ben Spies aboard the Desmosedici GP13 of the Ignite Pramac Racing Team, beginning at the Grand Prix of Aragon.
The determination, enthusiasm and talent exhibited by Yonny during his time with the team as a substitute rider in the last five rounds of the championship convinced Pramac and Ducati to continue the relationship with the Colombian rider.
Yonny Hernández – Pramac Racing Team: "I am very happy to be here today. It’s a great opportunity for me to continue with the Pramac team, and the fact that we have confirmed our partnership for another year makes me really enthusiastic. I cannot wait to get on track and try the new ‘Open’ bike, even though that won’t happen here in Valencia, and I'm also curious to try the new tyres. I am proud to be the second Latin American rider, and the first Colombian, to ride with this team in the premier class. I know that I have to work hard, but the new 'Open' category is very interesting. I really want to go out on track and start learning. I want to thank Pramac, Ducati and all those who have made this new adventure possible.”
Francesco Guidotti – Team Manager Pramac Racing Team: “We are very happy to confirm Yonny because he immediately proved his enthusiasm for and confidence in our team and in Ducati. He has great potential but not much experience with this type of bike, and we will do everything in our power to transform his potential into good results. We know that the work that awaits us will be long and hard, but we expect to achieve success through dedication and determination.”