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Hernandez impresses on Avintia debut

"I think we have done a great job and surprised more than one rival" - Raul Romero, Avintia Blusens.
Persistently at the bottom of the timesheets during pre-season testing, Yonny Hernandez and the Avintia Blusens team turned heads by reaching to 14th place - out of 18 finishers - on their MotoGP debut in Qatar.

The only outfit to use a Kawasaki-powered CRT machine, the BQR-FTR bike looked set to struggle as it wallowed eight-seconds off the pace at the first of this year's tests, in Sepang.

By the conclusion of the third and final test, at Jerez, the Avintia riders - Hernandez and Ivan Silva - were still stuck at the bottom of the 21-rider time list, but had halved their disadvantage.

Former Moto2 rider Hernandez then made a significant step to be in the thick of the CRT action throughout the Qatar weekend, qualifying in 16th and rising as high as 13th early in the race.

Indeed, Hernandez was the top CRT rider for the opening laps of the race, until Colin Edwards (Suter-BMW) moved ahead. Fellow MotoGP podium finisher Randy de Puniet (Aspar ART) moved past Hernandez at the halfway stage, but the Colombian remained comfortably clear of all the other CRT competitors.

"I am really happy,” he smiled. "We have done a great job throughout the weekend and I hope we´ll be able to keep it up.

"Electronics still needs to be improved if we want to be more competitive in the final laps but I am truly happy with the result and the way the team has worked.

"I would like to thank all the members as well as my parents who have always supported me so I could make it here. I am motivated and convinced we'll do better in Jerez."

"Sincerely I think we have done a great job and surprised more than one rival," said team manager Raul Romero. "Yonny gave a great performance during the race scoring points and finishing third among the CRTs. It's a great result."

Team-mate Silva finished just outside the points in 16th, ahead of ART riders Mattia Pasini (Speed Master) and James Ellison (PBM).

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Vilas Terror - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 4:41 PM

For me Hernandez is a great talent.. Aim very happy for is race and aim proud of the fact they used Kawasaki engines.. Hernandez have a smooth riding style and its very smart rider.. I wish him a good sesson and i hope to see him him one prototipe bike.. Its **** Dont have Suzuki, Kawasaki, MvAgusta, Triumph and KTM.. All this manufacters should become ofical CRT Teams and used there chassis and engines on race.. I guess the Aprilia of Team Aspar its like one oficial Aprilia Team they have Chassi and Engine Aprilia its what i call an Aprilia Prototipe for Motogp.. Like Ducati did on Wsbk saying that they will not be oficial him 2011 and the Althea team now makes the honors.. To be honest i dont care about that but i tinck that this makes the ART TEAM the CRT Manufactor to beat after all is Aprilia Prototipe.. and the others only have hibrid Bikes


April 10, 2012 9:07 PM
Last Edited 645 days ago

Not quite right Sham, as Spalding said all weekend before these tyres work they have to be worked hard, not as much as last year but still do and something he said the CRT's will struggle with because Bridgestone refused to make specials for them. Of course having less power helps to control but Yonny does work his tyres very hard, evident in Moto2 by him always dropping off or falling off towards the end of the race. His rear end style like Hayden certainly gets the rear end up to temperature. Always loved watching his balls out style. Also loved Edwards comment about letting the Moto2 nutters go in the first corner.

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