MotoGP » Hernandez: I want to stay here

"At the moment I'm in negotiations with Pramac Ducati and I want to stay here” - Yonny Hernandez.

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July 16, 2014 2:57 AM

-Yonny is a waste of a ride. the ultimate passport/pay rider, get rid of him.
-No way Dovi is going to leave Ducati the team seam happy with him,he's put in the time and wants to see results next year, not dart again with another unproven bike.
-Crutchlow obviously unhappy and the team don't seem to impressed with him. He's just looking for the next sight of land before jumping ship.
-Ianonne, Having a great season Ducati probably started measuring Crutchlows bike up for him already.


July 15, 2014 10:14 PM

No way will Dovi go to Suzuki.
The Suzuki in all tests has proven to be slower than the current Ducati.
Meanwhile Ducati will have a brand new (& hopefully much improved) bike for 2015 reflecting Gigi's ideas.
So what's the choice?
An Italian to stay as a Factory rider for an Italian team with the chance of something potentially much better coming and a big pay rise?
Or jump to an already inferior machine from a less than fully committed factory that has jumped in and out of MotoGP with their last real success way back in Kenny Roberts Jnr days?
Hmmmm. Hard choice to make. Not.


July 19, 2014 2:54 AM

@ Bandini
You sound so convinced that you know what you talking about that it is hillarious, but first things first, you lose all validity in your points when you can't tell the difference between Colombia and Columbia.
Second, I remember last year when Yonny and his family had to do a yard sale in order to secure few thousand Euros needed to compete with PBM.
And third, who told you South America is an emerging market? For brands like Yamaha and Honda certainly it is but not for Ducati or Audi for that matters. And about sponsors? You make me laugh with your assumptions that Coldeportes or Fedemoto are dumping millions in sponsorship for Yonny, it is Colombia not Venezuela we are talking about here. Plus you said Yonny is not worth talking about and yet half this thread is filled with your comments, touche...
Anyways, it is my personal opinion that Yonny is doing a great job considering the fact that he is the only one riding the much hated GP13 with no updates or further support


July 16, 2014 2:43 PM

Yonny is a well known to as a pay rider using state sponsorship to pay for his ride. More than a little perplexing given the economic situation of Columbia.

Motogp and manufactures are keen to expand their market in South America necessitating a South American rider for Fan interest.

Passport riders aren't necessarily spanish. The current Spanish domination in Motogp is due largely to the Spaniards having the most competitive feeder class in the world, a breadth of companies willing to sponsor, a depth of talent and huge interest in motorcycle racing from the Spanish people.

There are a number of riders the in Moto3, Moto2 and GP classes who don't necessarily deserve to be there on merit but being, English, German, Thai, Japanese or American maintains or increases interest in those markets so they keep their ride.

If there was another South American rider in Motogp Yonny would loose his ride therefore he is a passport rider


July 16, 2014 11:06 AM

Bandini: -Yonny is a waste of a ride. the ultimate passport/pay rider, get rid of him.

Since when has a Colombian passport been of any help?

He is the only rider in all 3 classes to come from Colombia.


July 16, 2014 11:15 PM

Ok, I won't try to convince you. To me Yonny isn't really worth arguing about.

However in your exhaustive google search did you try his website? Where he lists among his sponsors Coldeportes (the Columbian department of sport), FedeMoto Columbia (Columbian motorcycle federation and funnily enough www.Columbia.Co (Columbia). If being in large part state sponsored doesn't make him a passport rider I don't know what does.

As for your point about Audi only having one dealership in Columbia thats kind of the point. South America is an emerging Market just like Asia and India where Manafacturers are keen to expand and Motogp just like F1 are keen to increase interest so they can sell TV rights. Yonny and any other South American rider who should emerge will be welcomed with open Arms to make this happen.


July 16, 2014 9:21 PM

Bandini: Mrfill
Yonny is a well known to as a pay rider using state sponsorship to pay for his ride. More than a little perplexing given the economic situation of Columbia.


I'm sorry, I dont buy this. I don't believe he is 'state sponsored'. Searching for 'Yonny Hernandez state sponsorship' reveals no mentions. Only stories about needing more money. As for the other pay riders. These are riders with personal sponsorship deals - which is most of the field in all 3 classes. A team will take them on because of ability and size of brown envelope. Sure, some dodgy riders have rich backers and should not be in the field, but some teams are that desperate for help.
Pramac are not one of them. They are well looked after by Ducati - a subsidiary of the richest car maker in the world and with just one dealer in Colombia.

Hernandez may lose his seat but it will be because the team have found a better option, nothing to do with nationality.


July 15, 2014 7:53 PM

I don't know what they sought to gain by giving Yonny the GP13. Hopefully, next year, he'll be on the same spec as the other Ducatis. Ionnone should be on a full factury Ducati. He has done brilliantly IMHO. Hopefully Ducati can keep Dovi. Cal? Don't know whether he can make it work. A combination of horrible luck, and a lack of confidence in a bike which is notorious for destroying rider confidence, has conspired against him.


July 16, 2014 1:14 AM
Last Edited 255 days ago

Well, Dovi has proved to be a "best of the rest' journey man thus far. So a jump to Suzuki for the right level of pay wouldn't shock me at all honestly. And if he does go, he will again out perform whomever they pair him up with. Now, if he went and Cal also went I would absolutely laugh about it. The GP "odd-couple" bonded by fate, hehe. But no, I don't see that going down.

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