HRC MXGP 2023
After a particularly profitable 2022 marketing campaign, with Tim Gajser changing into a five-time world motocross champion, Staff HRC has welcomed Ruben Fernandez below the awning for 2023.
Marcus Pereira de Freitas – HRC Basic Supervisor MXGP
“It’s at all times thrilling at the start of a brand new season, seeing how the blokes over the winter and the place they’re, in contrast with the place they have to be. Each Tim and Ruben, had good coaching throughout the low season and now can have a few warm-up races simply to get some aggressive gate-drops below their belts earlier than all of us head all the way down to Argentina for spherical one of many 2023 MXGP World Championship.”
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 vital statistics. 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 purple plate, main the championship from the primary spherical proper the way in which by way of the season.
Gajser might 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.
In fact it received’t be straightforward, 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.
“Clearly final yr I used to be champion, and that might be my objective once more this yr. I at all times say that nothing is so good, that may’t be higher, so I’m attempting to enhance and work on the small particulars to present me that little edge. We’ve made various adjustments with the Honda CRF450R within the low season and so they’ve all labored out very 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 appears to be like to be a very good one, with some good rounds and I hope to see numerous followers all year long.”
Becoming a member of him on the road might be Spanish rider Fernandez, who’s stand up the ranks ought to be an inspiration to motocross riders all over the place. The #70 has needed to battle all through his profession, overcoming set-backs early-on to lastly attain the head of motocross standing – using a Staff 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 Staff 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 wonderful observe close to Villa La Angostura on the weekend of March twelfth. From then on, it’s a gradual 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 Staff HRC duo might be celebrating a profitable season onboard their Honda CRF450R’s.
“It’s a brand new staff for me, but it surely feels acquainted and that has made issues quite a bit 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 quite a bit from final yr and I’m at all times attempting to enhance, so I do know that consistency is simply as vital as pace and that’s what I’ll be aiming to realize. The Honda CRF450R is a good machine and I’m comfy on it, having rode it final yr as properly and I do know I couldn’t have a greater staff behind me, to assist enhance the bike and make my performances higher. I actually can’t wait till the season begins!”