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Hernandez: “I put in a big effort”

Hernandez: “I put in a big effort”

A hard earned point of Yonny Hernandez in the Spanish GP after a promising start to the weekend.

The Gran Premio Red Bull de España was another difficult weekend for Yonny Hernandez who, like many other riders, struggled as temperatures shot up on race day. Starting from 16th on the grid the Colombian made up positions almost immediately as he tried to follow his Aspar MotoGP Team teammate Eugene Laverty who rocketed off the line. Try as he might, Hernandez simply couldn’t stay with him and soon found himself battling alone, climbing as high as 13th place midway through the race before eventually finishing in 15th and picking up a hard earned point. The start to 2016 hasn’t been what Hernandez was hoping for, but during practice he has shown significant potential and just needs to make it all fit together on race day.

Yonny Hernandez: “It was a very difficult race for us because we didn't have the same pace that we have shown throughout the rest of the weekend. I had trouble getting the bike to turn and a lack of feeling from the front. We still don't know what caused it because the conditions during the race were very similar to Saturday. We will check the telemetry to see what happened and obviously keep working to be closer to the front. We are not where we want to be right now. I put in a big effort to set a fast pace and we were competitive over the weekend but I couldn't carry it through to the race. We will test some things in the race tomorrow and get ready for the next race in France.”

Testing on Monday offered huge positive gains for the Colombian who was able to improve his best time from the race by a full second. A 1’40.351 put Hernandez 12th on the timesheets as the single day of testing drew to a close. The time came thanks to useing the hard rear Michelin tyre, which helped Hernandez find much of the feeling he had lost in the hot conditions of Sunday’s race. With answers found and confidence restored, it’s now time for Hernandez to begin his preparations for round five of the World Championship in Le Mans.

“Overall it has been a positive test because we have improved our pace compared to the race and taken a second off the lap time. We have found an improvement that we will work from ahead of the next race in France. The improved lap times came on the hard rear tyre. I tried some new fronts from Michelin and liked them, the tyres are clearly making positive improvements. Now we need to see how they perform over long distances like in a race.” 

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Yonny Hernandez, Pull & Bear Aspar Team

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