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Hernandez: “But then the engine stopped”

Hernandez: “But then the engine stopped”

A less than ideal start to the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship for Yonny Hernandez as he pulls out of the Qatar GP.

Difficult conditions at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar saw only 15 riders finish; unfortunately Yonny Hernandez was not one of them. The Colombian had worked hard to get a good start and was able to remain with the group ahead for several corners. But then the engine in his GP14.2 stopped, ending his race on the second lap after being well inside the top ten. A disappointing end after a promising start to the first race of the year.

Positives can still be taken for the Aspar MotoGP Team rider, his start and opening lap demonstrated that Hernandez is able to keep the pace and battle with the best riders in the world. Hernandez was also able to wow crowds over the weekend, smoke frequently pouring off his rear Michelin tyre as his wild and loose style spun the rear.

Yonny Hernandez: “It is a shame to have finished the weekend like this. I could see in the warm-up my pace was good and I was able to follow guys like Rossi and Smith, I felt strong. Then I had a crash, which was my mistake, but I knew why it had happened so I still felt confident for the race. I focused hard on getting a good start and sticking with the guys in front of me in the first part of the race. Everything was going to plan and my feeling was fantastic but then the engine stopped. It is a shame it ended this way because we have worked hard all weekend to find the best setting for the bike but luck was not on our side here. The positive thing is my pace from warm-up and my start to the race. We leave Qatar with a good base that should allow us to be fighting for top ten finishes soon.”

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Yonny Hernandez, Pull & Bear Aspar Team

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