Hernandez Escapes Injury After Practice Crash


Yonny Hernandez is fit to ride in the remainder of the Qatar Grand Prix weekend despite a painful crash in first practice at Losail tonight. The Colombian fell at the final corner and was subsequently taken to the medical centre and although he isn’t at 100%, will be back out on track for FP2 on Friday evening.

“I was very scared, it was a nasty crash. On the straight before the last corner while I was at full-gas the bike wheeled slightly and when the front tyre landed again is slipped away without me noticing it. I do not know how it happened! I feel lucky because I didn’t fracture or brake anything but I have a lot of pain in my left hand and the right shoulder.”

Hernandez’s accident took the shine off an encouraging night for Pramac Racing as Andrea Iannone clocked the fourth fastest time. The Italian was happy with the Ducati GP14 from the get-go and is hopeful of upsetting some of the big hitters later in the weekend.

“It’s been a very positive session for us. The bike worked very well, even though the track was more slippery than the test I immediately had a good feeling. I’m glad to be the first Ducati, and to give my contribution to improve the bike. The Ducati is now more competitive compared to other bikes, so now we can also have fun and we can think about doing something better.”