After an especially profitable marketing campaign final trip, the place Tim Gajser turned five-time world motocross champion, Group HRC welcomes Ruben Fernandez beneath the awning, in a transfer that provides them a dual-threat for wins and podiums in 2023.
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Gajser’s fourth MXGP title (along with his one MX2 crown) got here in one other record-breaking yr as he topped the charts in all of the necessary statistics, together with probably the most essential – championship factors. Wrapping up the title a few rounds early, the #243 had greater than thrice as many GP wins as his nearest rival, over double the variety of race wins, and had extra pole positions, led extra laps and was on the rostrum greater than anybody else. He was additionally the one rider to the touch the pink plate, main the championship from the primary spherical proper the way in which by the season.
And he’ll be hoping to repeat all these feats in 2023 when he goals to make it six titles in 9 years, and transfer him even greater up the record of all-time greats. After all it received’t be simple, which is why Gajser continues to make small changes to his coaching, so that he’s even higher ready than yr’s beforehand and able to tackle all-comers when the gate drops for the primary time in Argentina on March twelfth.
Becoming a member of him on the road can be Spanish rider Fernandez, who’s stand up the ranks must be an inspiration to motocross riders in every single place. The #70 has needed to combat all through his profession, overcoming setbacks early-on to lastly attain the top of motocross standing – using a Group HRC CRF450R.
A earlier MX2 red-plate holder, Fernandez moved full-time into the MXGP class in 2022 the place he instantly made an affect. He had a third-place end in a moto in Argentina, earlier than standing on the rostrum in Latvia in simply the sixth spherical. He then had one other podium in Indonesia, and was actually beginning to discover his momentum earlier than a crash in Loket while operating quickest in observe, compelled him to overlook a number of rounds. Nonetheless, he had proven sufficient for Group HRC to signal him up on the finish of final yr, giving him loads of time to arrange for this upcoming season.
First up for each riders are the 2 preseason Italian races in Ponte a Egola and Trentino, earlier than they head to Patagonia-Argentina and the superb observe close to Villa La Angostura on the weekend of March twelfth. From then on, it’s a gentle stream of racing, on a few of the finest tracks all over the world, with some new additions to calendar freshening it up, earlier than the season finale at Matterley Basin in Nice Britain, the place hopefully Group HRC duo can be celebrating a profitable season onboard their Honda CRF450Rs.
Clearly final yr I used to be champion, and that can be my aim once more this yr. I all the time say that nothing is so good, that may’t be higher, so I’m making an attempt to enhance and work on the small particulars to present me that little edge. We’ve made numerous adjustments with the Honda CRF450R within the low season and so they’ve all labored out rather well so I’m proud of my machine, and the way my coaching has gone and now it’s simply constructing in direction of the primary gate drop. The calendar seems to be to be one, with some good rounds and I hope to see a variety of followers all year long.
It’s a brand new crew for me, but it surely feels acquainted and that has made issues so much simpler. This winter has been actually good and I’m in a stable place, and I really feel like I can present everybody what I can do, proper on the very first spherical. I learnt so much from final yr and I’m all the time making an attempt to enhance, so I do know that consistency is simply as necessary as velocity and that’s what I’ll be aiming to attain. The Honda CRF450R is a superb machine and I’m comfy on it, having rode it final yr as properly and I do know I couldn’t have a greater crew behind me, to assist enhance the bike and make my performances higher. I actually can’t wait till the season begins!
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC Common Supervisor – MXGP
It’s all the time thrilling firstly of a brand new season, seeing how the fellows over the winter and the place they’re, in contrast with the place they must be. Each Tim and Ruben, had good coaching in the course of the low season and now could have a few warm-up races simply to get some aggressive gate-drops beneath their belts earlier than all of us head all the way down to Argentina for spherical one of many 2023 MXGP World Championship.
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