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Cash shortage may force Hernandez to withdraw CRT entry

Columbian racer Yonny Hernandez needs to plug a 250,000 euro hole before the MotoGP registration deadline.
By Barry Russell

Just one week after the provisional MotoGP entry list was released, Yonny Hernandez has revealed that a financial shortfall could lead to a withdrawal of his CRT entry with Avintia Racing BQR.

In an emotional interview with, the former supermoto and Moto2 racer said that his family resources had dried up and that he was 250,000 euros short of what was required by the team to provide the bike, excluding any provision for living costs and travel.

He thanked the fans who have been supporting with donations of 1-3,000 euros, but said that he now needed a major investment by a private company or the state if the dream of having a Columbian racer competing with the world's best riders in MotoGP was to be realised. The deadline for MotoGP registration is on 12th February.

It is another clue to the financial crisis faced by MotoGP and follows news that Sergio Gadea and Mattia Pasini are also having difficulties raising sponsorship for their 2012 campaigns.

Avintia have yet to comment, but will no doubt be assessing the impact on their fixed costs should they cut back to a single Kawasaki-powered FTR for Ivan Silva.

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January 20, 2012 7:58 AM

I hate to say it, but I dont think this will be the first CRT team that either doesnt make the start of the season or quits halfway through due to 'financial difficulties' Never quite understood the motorsport concept of a rider having to fund the 'team'. Bit like me paying to work for someone??

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