The Colombian Yonny Hernandez to replace Jonas Folger on the Yamaha Tech3 team for the first official event of the 2018 MotoGP season: the Sepang tests, January 28-30.
After the news of Jonas Folger, who announced his non-participation in the World Championship in 2018, the Tech3 team is left without a driver and with the emerging need to sign a new one to replace him. It seems that for Sepang tests They have managed to find a rider, Yonny Hernández, who will hardly be able to continue the replacement throughout the season, since he has a contract with another factory in another championship (Pedercini Kawasaki team of the Superbike world championship). The Tech3 team intends to reveal a permanent replacement before the second test in Thailand in mid-February.
“First of all, I want to say that I am very sorry for the loss of Jonas Folger. I hope he recovers and gets better and can get back on track as soon as possible as he is an extremely fast and talented driver and I wish him the best. At the same time, I am obviously very happy for the fantastic opportunity that has been given to me, to get back to MotoGP and ride a top bike on the grid. I am very proud to be able to complete the first MotoGP tests with such a prepared and competent team. The truth is that I am very curious to try the Yamaha MotoGP, since my 5 years of experience in MotoGP was always with a Ducati. I want to thank the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team and especially Herve Poncharal for giving me this unique opportunity ” – Yonny Hernández declares.
On the other hand, Herve Poncharal declares – “Before we start talking about who will be on our second bike in Sepang, I would like to express once again how sad I am to not have Jonas Folger with us in 2018. Having said that, we have to try to overcome this situation in the best possible way. possible way and everyone knows that it is not easy. On January 20, almost everyone who has the required level is already under contract, therefore I am very happy to have discovered that Yonny Hernández was free so far. I know he has some plans and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Pedercini for letting Yonny test us and give him the opportunity to show him what he can do with a Yamaha M1 MotoGP. I am pleased to give him this opportunity to test for three days and thereby give him the opportunity to show their potential to both Yamaha Motor Corporation and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team. However, no permanent decision will be made before flying back from Sepang. Of course, we will analyze in detail how Yonny performs during this test and obviously he is one of the drivers on our short list for 2018 “
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