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By Aspar Team MotoGP

Hernandez: “I grabbed the clutch and the bike moved”

A jump start penalty ruined Yonny Hernandez’s chance of finishing in the points in Mugello, salvaging 16th.

What had been a very promising weekend was brought to a disappointing end before the race had even properly begun, Yonny Hernandez moving slightly on the starting line for which he was handed a jump start penalty. The subsequent ride through was especially disappointing as it made Hernandez’s 12th place grid position, his best of the year, worthless. A ride through penalty in Mugello is especially detrimental, the 60km/h pit lane limit a far cry from the 300km/h + all the riders were reaching. Some hope was offered when Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) crashed, but the Spaniard was eventually able to re-pass Hernandez and demoted the Colombian back to 16th.

Yonny Hernandez: “After a weekend in which we have been very competitive, it is very sad to finish the Grand Prix in this way. We were closer to the top riders than usual and we have done very well in general, but I was very surprised by the penalty. The bike moved a bit off the start: I grabbed the clutch and the bike moved by itself. By the time I realised, it was a little late. It's a shame because I was having a good race: I was twelfth, which is more or less what we had predicted, and was fighting to enter the top ten -but it was not to be. Anyway, we continue with good energy, in order to face the next race in the best way. I'll take the positives from this one, which is that throughout the weekend we were among the first ten riders.”