The 2023 MXGP World Championship starts this weekend in Villa La Angostura, Argentina, with Ruben Fernandez heading Team HRC’s effort for this opening round. Unfortunately 2022 world champion and winningest rider of this event, Tim Gajser won’t be on the plane to South America as he recovers from a broken femur sustained at the Italian International Championship in Arco di Trento on February 19th.
Set in one of the most stunning locations around the world, the track weaves in and out of the forest, in the shadow of the Andes mountain range and provides a high-speed challenge that both the riders and fans enjoy.
With Gajser on the sidelines, it will down to Fernandez to lead the way on his Honda CRF450R, as the Spaniard makes his full-MXGP debut for Team HRC. Last year he put in an excellent performance here, making a pass in the last few corners to get a third place in moto two, and that was after leading part of moto one. And it was that kind of effort that caught the eye, eventually giving him his chance to ride for the factory team this year.
After a successful pre-season, which saw Fernandez win last time out at the Spanish Championship, the #70 will be looking to start off the championship strongly with this venue providing the perfect opportunity to do so, as plenty of Spanish-speaking fans will be cheering loudly for him all the race around this amazing race track.