Demanding race for Yonny Hernandez at Motegi

Yonny Hernandez, starting from row 4 of the grid, had to settle for 15th place.

After the first two days of the Japanese GP had been dominated by bad weather, the sun today shone at the Motegi circuit and the last race of the overseas tripleheader went ahead as scheduled.

Yonny Hernandez
Yonny Hernandez

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Following this morning’s session held in totally different conditions compared to yesterday, Yonny Hernandez, starting from row 4 of the grid, had to settle for 15th place with a best time of 1'48 .812 recorded on lap 21 of 24. Despite the valuable assistance of the Clinica Mobile staff, the Colombian rider suffered with considerable pain in his right hand which he had injured during the second day of the Australian GP. Nevertheless he was able to maintain a steady pace throughout today’s race, which allowed him to score some points in the overall standings.

The Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider will now take advantage of the well-deserved week of rest that awaits the MotoGP championship before the final round of the 2013 season to be held in Valencia on Sunday 10 November, in order to recover from injury.

Yonny Hernandez - Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“Today I suffered a lot with my hand. The injections I had yesterday and in Australia at the Clinica Mobile helped me, and I could continue to ride without too many problems. Here, however, the pain increased. Yesterday in the rain maybe the ride was nicer and it was fine, but today I suffered a lot. During the warm-up I started to feel pain, I went back to the Clinica but the race was tough, it was really bad. The doctors told me what to do during the next week to recover faster and luckily I will not have to do any operation. In Valencia I'll definitely be better. It was the most difficult race of the season and I'm sorry because I could do more. I had some problems with the hard tyre and when I started to get the rhythm the pain also started. I did not want to quit anyway, I tried to remain constant to gain some points, and I did, but it was not easy.”

Pramac Racing Team

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Yonny Hernandez
Teams Pramac Racing
Article type Race report
Tags japanese gp, motegi, pramac racing team, yonny hernandez