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Hernandez: “Our main objectives today was to finish"

Hernandez: “Our main objectives today was to finish'

Yonny Hernandez collects his first points of the year after a troubled start to 2016.

After failing to finish in both Qatar and Argentina, Yonny Hernandez arrived in America determined to at least complete the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. From 18th on the grid the Colombian found himself in the points after just a single lap, getting as high as 11th on lap seven. He’d maintain his position for five laps before Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) got through on him It then became a battle between the two Aspar Team MotoGP riders as Eugene Laverty attached himself to the back of his teammate. Laverty would win out as Hernandez’s tyres continued to drop off.

The final four laps were simply a battle for Hernandez to stay upright, Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) passing Hernandez and demoting him to 14th in the process. Hernandez leaves Austin with two points, his first of the year. Although it was a frustrating race as he was unable to show his potential due to tyre issues, Hernandez is content to have at least scored some points in the first three races.

Yonny Hernandez: “One of our main objectives today was to finish the race and we achieved that. However, I am disappointed because we made a good start and my pace was good because the changes we have made over the weekend gave me a good feeling with the bike. I was setting some good lap times in the race and I was in a nice battle with Pol Espargaró and Héctor Barberá, but from lap eight or nine onwards the tyres started to lose performance and in the end it was impossible to ride. The positive thing is that we have picked up two points and finished the race, so we can go to Jerez and know that we can be fighting there. The day things finally go right for us, we'll pick up a good result. Jerez is one of my favourite circuits so I hope to do well there.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, RAC, Yonny Hernandez, Pull & Bear Aspar Team

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