Fifth row for Yonny Hernandez at Phillip Island

Yonny Hernandez concluded a warm spring day by conquering a place on row 5 of the grid for Australian race.

Yonny Hernandez concluded a warm spring day of free practice and qualifying at the Australian GP, which takes place tomorrow at the 4.448 km (2.764 miles) Phillip Island Circuit, by conquering a place on row 5 of the grid, after a Q1 session in which he was fifth quickest.

The Australian circuit, however, was a tough test for the Colombian rider. After crashing during the third and final free practice session of the morning, he then high-sided on the exit of turn 2 while taking part in FP4, suffering a minor fracture in his left hand, which partly compromised the outcome of the session.

Nevertheless, the Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider is confident for tomorrow's race and is determined to further improve his feeling with the bikeYonny Hernandez - Ignite Pramac Racing Team.

Yonny Hernandez
Yonny Hernandez

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

Due to a problem with some riders’ rear tyres blistering during the practice sessions, Race Direction has decided that the race will be shortened to 26 laps, one less than planned, and a “flag-to-flag” format will be used. The official press release follows:

"We have been notified by Bridgestone that they are unable to guarantee safety of their rear slick tyres beyond 14 laps. It has therefore been decided to make the following changes to the MotoGP class race in the interests of the safety of the riders. 1. The race distance will be 26 laps. 2. Every rider will be required to enter the pits and change to his second machine with fresh tyres at least once during the race. 3. No rider is permitted to make more than 14 laps on any one slick rear tyre.This means that a bike/tyre change before lap 12 will require a second bike/tyre change to finish the race. 4. Riders using “Factory” and “Satellite” machines will be required to use the “hard” option tyre (B51DR). Extra quantity will be allocated by Bridgestone. 5. Riders using CRT machines will be required to use CRT “hard” option tyre (B50DR). Extra quantity will be allocated by Bridgestone. 6. The pit lane speed limit zone will be extended both on entry and exit, and the exit route to rejoin the track will be marked by a white line in the runoff area. Crossing this line whilst rejoining the track from pit lane will result in a penalty."

Yonny Hernandez - Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“Today was difficult. I didn’t feel comfortable with the hard tyre and in fact I lost the rear in Turn 2 and fell. I didn’t immediately understand what happened, and when I realized, I was already falling. After that it wasn’t easy to pick up the pace again. During the qualifying session, I had a little bit of pain in my hands, and I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted. For sure I’ll go to the Clinica Mobile tomorrow before the race to get some injections, but I hope to get a good result anyway.”

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Yonny Hernandez , Phillip Island
Teams Pramac Racing
Article type Qualifying report
Tags australia, phillip island, pramac racing, yonny hernandez