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Hernandez Interview: I didn’t know the bike was on fire

Hernandez Interview: I didn’t know the bike was on fire

Yonny Hernandez chats exclusively to about what went through his mind when he caught fire in Argentina and his season so far.

Hernandez crashed out of the Catalan GP, and is currently 14th in the MotoGP World Championship standings with 26 points after seven races:

Yonny, How would you assess your season so far?
The season is good, I think I’ve made good races so far but I’ve been unlucky sometimes with three DNFs, one with the fire in Argentina, a crash in Austin and one crash here in Barcelona. Anyway, in other weekends I have been good. I was disappointed for the crash because I missed points for the championship. But regardless the season is not bad. The training and rhythm is good and we’re strong in Practice. We’re always fighting for the top ten and I think it’s positive. I ended to prepare more for the next races to try to catch more points but I think we can do it.

What went through your mind in Argentina when you looked down doing 250kph and saw your bike on fire?
It was crazy because at the moment I didn’t know the bike was on fire, when the suspension broke I felt the problem. Then I look back and OH F*#K!!! When the suspension dropped I noticed the problem and looked down. Then I began to slow down and I really felt the fire, it was really hot. When you’re at full gas the fire is blowing back so it’s no problem, you don’t feel anything.

What were your issues during the Catalan GP?
I started well in the race with a good rhythm throughout the weekend, I followed Espargaro. But then at Turn 10, the same lap as Marquez’s crash, I saw him crash so I didn’t push into that turn but the track is very slippery and the front tyre closed so I tried to pick it up but I opened the gas just a tiny bit and I lost the rear, so something strange. Then I crashed, very disappointing because I think we could have made a really solid race.

You are currently on the GP14.2, what updates are you expecting?
I hope Ducati give me something because I only have the GP14.2 without any evolution. I hope we get something because I think I can do a good job, we can fight towards the top and I’m doing my best and still learning a lot. Maybe some more evolutions on the bike will help us.

Is there a lot of pressure as the only South American rider?
For me there’s no pressure, I’m the only one and I have a lot of support from the Latin American fans. For me it’s not a pressure, it’s an honour with a lot of pride to say I’m the only Columbian, the only Latin American. One day to fight for the Championship is my dream.

How do you think the GP14.2 will go at Assen?
The Cathedral is a good track, a fast track! For me it’s a tricky track but I need to stay focused on driving well and get a better result than here in Barcelona.


MotoGP, 2015, Yonny Hernandez, Octo Pramac Racing

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