Yonny Hernandez has joined the Pramac Racing Team to cover for the injured Ben Spies, making his debut with the team Monday during the MotoGP test at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
He used the test as an opportunity to adapt to the bike ahead of the Aragon race, while teammate Andrea Iannone looked into Brembo brake discs and smaller components, experimenting with settings ahead of specific upcoming race events.
“I am happy because this bike has much more power compared to the one I was used to, the electronics are totally different and I need to change my riding style to be faster, but today I rode the best bike of my life,” Hernandez said. “I need to work hard, to learn a lot because the electronics are really different from CRT. I need to work hard on the feeling, and I’ll do my best. I need to do a lot of kilometers to achieve a good pace for the race, but I am faster than with my other bike. It’s too early to say anything, I need more time to learn, and to improve. I feel good physically right now, for a first day it has been not so bad. I need to understand this bike that is really different from mine and it has a lot of power too. I really thank Pramac and Ducati for the opportunity they have given me.”
Since being injured again at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Spies had been replaced by Michele Pirro. However, the Italian will not be able to compete in the Aragon race at the end of the month due to his workload with the Ducati Test Team. Hernandez will therefore step into action, then remaining with Pramac until Spies is able to return.
Hernandez, hailing from Medellin, made his World Championship debut in Moto2 three years ago. He debuted in the premier class last season with Avintia Blusens, then switching to PBM to ride the ART bike in 2013. So far this campaign, the 25-year-old has achieved four points finishes, the most recent of which came at Laguna Seca.