Second testing session at Sepang Circuit ended with positive indications for Pramac Racing [ Release ]
The third day of the second winter test at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia, ended up with further progress made by Yonny Hernandez and Danilo Petrucci. Both Pramac Racing Team riders managed to improve their quickest times set in the first two days, finishing respectively in 12th and 13th place, less than one and two-tenths away from the Top 10.
After a few laps dedicated to getting confident with the bike, Danilo Petrucci went back on track for his time attack. The Italian lowered his fastest lap recorded yesterday by two-tenths, ending up with a time of 2’00.556 which earned him 12th position, 88 milliseconds away from 10th place. In the afternoon, the rider from Terni worked on the bike set-up increasing his feeling – that has improved a lot in the two tests in Malaysia – and finishing the session with 57 laps completed.
Yonny Hernandez also ended his third day of testing with a smile on his face. In the morning the Colombian rider found a good pace, gritting his teeth due to shoulder pain that forced him to undergo continuous therapy during the day. The fastest time set in the late afternoon on the 45th of 46 laps completed, showed that his physical condition has improved over the three days at Sepang Circuit. Yonny finished his first test session of 2015 on the Desmosedici GP14.2 with a laptime of 2’00.603 (13th place at 135 milliseconds from the Top 10) that allowed him to look forward with confidence to the next round of tests in Qatar scheduled for 13-16 March.
Danilo Petrucci – Pramac Racing Team #9 – 2’00”556 (12°)
“I am very happy with the work done today and in this second session of tests. I thank the team because we continue to improve, making almost all the right choices. At the end of the day with hard tyres I almost lowered the laptime set with the soft one. And I can say I regret not having had the soft tyre in the afternoon. But this is just a small detail: I’m glad becouse I found a good feeling with the bike lapping constantly around 2’00.8 with the hard tyres. Lap after lap I began to understand, even looking at the data of the two Ducati riders from which I’m learning a lot. My goal for Qatar is to find a costant pace because the time for testing is almost over. I thank again my team and also the Ducati technicians: they are helping me a lot”.
Yonny Hernandez – Pramac Racing Team #68 – 2’00”603 (13°)
“I am very happy because I was able to improve day by day even if the shoulder pain is still strong especially when I try to push to set the fast time. I need to work and do a lot of therapy on the shoulder to get to 100% in Qatar. But I’m pleased with the improvements here in Sepang. The fastest lap in the afternoon? Yes, I managed to do well but I’m still missing strength in my arm pushing hard to ride the bike the it must be ridden. I still ended the test without any incident and that’s a good indication. This was the first real opportunity to ride the GP14.2 and my impressions are very good. With the soft tyre the bike proves to be much faster than last year’s bike and with the hard tyres I really feel more confident”.