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A return to the top ten for Yonny Hernandez at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon after two DNFs.
Octo Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez got his Aragon GP off to an explosive start as he wrestled his way through the field on the opening laps. The MotoGP™ World Championship’s lone Columbian rider settled into 11th and battled with Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing) for the majority of the race, gaining the upper hand on the tenth lap as the English rider slipper back. This is Hernandez’s first top ten finish since Mugello, marking the end of a difficult handful of races where Hernandez was unable to finish in Misano and Silverstone.
With 47 World Championship points, Hernandez is comfortably 14th in the World Championship and is looking to use his restored confidence to close Redding down for 13th. The Aragon GP allowed he and his Octo Pramac Racing team to make a major step in regards to the setting of his Ducati GP14.2, especially in the cooler conditions. The MotoGP™ paddock now head to Asia for the triple-header flyaways. Sepang, the last of the three rounds, saw Hernandez take a career best MotoGP™ finish of seventh last year.
Yonny Hernandez: “I am very happy because we have reached the Top 10 but also because I was able to get to the chequered flag after a difficult period. This gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the three races in Asia. I'm happy for the tenth place but I have to admit that the feeling with the bike during the warm-up was better compared what I felt during the race. The temperature difference has probably influenced a lot. I have tried in the first 5 laps to find a good race pace but I could not push as I wanted. I want to thank the team for the support they gave me during this period. They helped me a lot and this is a little satisfaction that I want to dedicate to all the guys. We have to continue in this direction.”
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