Pramac Ducati isn't looking past its garage to fill the open seat occupied briefly by American Ben Spies in 2013.
German media reported Friday that Colombian Yonny Hernandez will race full time for Pramac in 2014 after serving as a replacement for the injured and now retired Spies during most of the second half of this season. Hernandez reportedly will ride a Desmosedici GP13 under the new "Open" rules, which allow for a 24-liter fuel tank and the usage of 12 engines during the season in exchange for running Dorna-spec electronics and software.
Andrea "Crazy Joe" Iannone will stay with Pramac on a factory-spec GP14 as Hernandez's teammate.
Aprilia World Superbike standout Eugene Laverty was negotiating with Ducati for the second Pramac seat. But his reported demands for a factory bike and an annual salary around 500,000 euros were too much for Ducati to swallow.
Late word today is that Laverty signed with Suzuki WSBK with an eye to moving their MotoGP team in 2015.