Yonny Hernandez To Stay With Pramac Ducati With Factory Contract For 2015

Yonny Hernandez is to remain with the Pramac Ducati squad for the 2015 season, and will race a Factory Option Desmosedici GP14.2 alongside Danilo Petrucci. Though the news had long been known, Ducati today issued a press release officially announcing Hernandez as the second rider at Pramac.

The deal will see Hernandez race with Pramac in 2015, with an option to extend the contract to 2016, though the statement does not make it clear who can exercise the option. Hernandez and Petrucci will race the GP14.2, the bike currently being contested by Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, running Ducati's factory software and using the Ducati performance concessions. This means they will retain the softer tire, 24 liters of fuel, and extra engines and testing for the 2015 season.

The press release from Ducati appears below:


Yonny Hernandez contracts with Ducati to continue with the Pramac Racing Team in 2015 MotoGP World Championship

Ducati Corse is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Yonny Hernandez that will tie the Colombian rider to Ducati for 2015, with an option for 2016.

Hernandez, born on July 25th 1988 in Medellín, made his MotoGP debut in 2012 and began his adventure with Ducati last year in the GP of Aragòn, as replacement for the injured Ben Spies on the Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici machine.

Confirmed by the team for 2014, Yonny has raced this season with a GP13 Factory bike, often showing good form in qualifying and the races: his best career result came last Sunday at Sepang, where he finished seventh. Hernandez currently lies fifteenth overall in the standings with 53 points.

Next year Yonny will continue to race for the Pramac Racing Team, and at the post-race tests in Valencia he will get a first chance to try out the Desmosedici GP14.2 with which he will take part in the 2015 season

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Great News! Yonny and Danilo are great, likable characters in the paddock! Yonny's work on the open GP13 has been enjoyable to follow this season. Both should go well on a good machine!

but why not set him up with a GP15? This year Iannone, Dovi and Cal had one (albeit the updates). So why not have Yonny be the Iannone of next year?

I'm guessing the overall size of Ducati may be why Yonny won't be running a GP15. The ground up build of a new bike, engine included is probably stretching their limits as is.

As an aside, remember back to the first of 2013 when all 4 Duc riders were supposed to be on the same kit? Now it was never said, but I believe the small size of Ducati also brought that strategy to an end, if it was ever true in the first place.