Matterley Basin in Great Britain this weekend, will bring to an end this highly entertaining and competitive 2023 MXGP season, with both Ruben Fernandez and Tim Gajser looking to finish on the podium.

Last weekend in Maggiora, Italy, it was the #70 of Fernandez who made his way onto the box after his five-three results got him third overall, whilst Gajser’s second place finish in the second moto saw him just miss out on those honours in what was an extremely close battle throughout on that historic circuit.

Now the riders head to Winchester, England for what is probably the consensus favourite track on the calendar amongst all the riders, with the unique start, big wide-open corners and huge jumps providing a perfect venue for the season-finale. Gajser has won here in the past and he will be looking to do so again, giving him the perfect boost as they head into the off-season and start preparations for 2024. A small mistake in Maggiora cost him the chance to add to his tally in Italy last weekend, but finishing just seconds behind the victor in race two proved once again that he is back up to speed and will be a major challenger once again.

While Fernandez hasn’t won in Matterley, he did get a podium in his last year in MX2, which also saw him get handed the red-plate, so he has fond memories of this track and will be aiming for podium number five, in what has been a successful campaign for the Spaniard. A crash in Finland meant that he wasn’t at his best for a few rounds but he proved in Maggiora that when he is fully-recovered, he is up there with the best motocross riders on the planet and he’ll be looking to make that point once again in Great Britain.

After the deluge of rain that hit Italy on Saturday, the paddock will be hoping for a dry weekend to finish off the season, but the unpredictable nature of British weather in late September, means that everyone is preparing for the worst, including the track crew, who worked so hard to make conditions rideable last weekend. Thankfully, the Matterley Basin track is still very good under even the worst circumstances, and so this 19th and final round of the 2023 MXGP championship should still be an extremely entertaining affair.

Ruben Fernandez 70

It was great to get back on the podium in Maggiora. It just proved to myself that when I’m feeling good, I can challenge the best riders, and although this season is coming to an end, it is a nice boost for the off-season and good motivation for the 2024 campaign. Of course, we still have Matterley and the Motocross of Nations, so still a couple of opportunities to do even better and that will definitely be my aim at these two races. I like the Matterley Basin track and I enjoy riding there and hopefully it will be a successful weekend.

Tim Gajser 243

I feel like my riding is getting back to where I want it to be. The Turkey victory really gave me confidence to go for the wins and even though it didn’t quite happen in Maggiora, I was still pleased by the second moto result. I always enjoy riding Matterley Basin, with the big jumps and wide circuit and just its good flow. I have won there in the past and I’m excited to try and do that again this year and really finish this season off on a high note.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

To have both riders challenging for spots on the podium in Italy was exactly what we were hoping for when Tim returned, and it was really good to see them cross the line in second and third place. Although we only have one round left this year, we will be trying our best to get them both on the box and the way they are both riding, it is a definite possibility. Our team has worked extremely hard this year, in situations that hasn’t always been easy so a big congrats to them and now we want to have a really strong final round in Great Britain.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 890 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 807 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 719 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 655 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 612 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 565 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
7 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 490 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
8 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 455 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
9 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 334 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 314 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 263 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
12 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 249 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
13 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 239 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR 234 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
15 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 233 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
16 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 227 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 211 JWR Honda Racing Honda
18 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 167 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
19 Koch Tom 226 GER 162 KTM Kosak Team KTM
20 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 156 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
21 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 117 KTM Kosak Team KTM
22 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 113 JM Honda Racing Honda
23 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 110 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
24 Petrov Petar BUL 53
25 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 52 JWR Honda Racing Honda
26 Haavisto Jere FIN 51
27 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 43 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
28 Jacobi Henry GER 29
29 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 27 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
30 Stewart Lewis AUS 25
31 Murray Nicholas 167 AUS 21 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
32 Kullas Harri FIN 20
33 Monticelli Ivo ITA 19
34 Maksum Hilman IDN 17
35 Koch Tim 86 GER 15 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
36 Gerhardsson Albin 52 SWE 15 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
37 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
38 Kerhoas Lionel 988 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
40 Leok Tanel EST 10
41 Goupillon Pierre 57 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM
42 Krestinov Gert EST 10
43 Dickinson Ashton 115 GBR 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
44 Tonus Arnaud SWI 8
45 Sileika Tomass 637 LAT 7 Wildcard Rider GasGas
46 Jost Simon 53 SLK 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
47 Sihvonen Miro FIN 6
48 Purdon Tristan 141 RSA 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
49 Scheu Mark 991 GER 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
50 Lusbo Andero EST 5
51 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
52 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
53 Karlsson Danne 692 SWE 4 Wildcard Rider GasGas
54 Alberto Paulo POR 4
55 Tondel Cornelius NOR 3
56 Kohut Tomas 45 CZE 3 Wildcard Rider KTM
57 Jazdauskas Domantas 181 LTU 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
58 Nava Giulio 848 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
59 Malaval Adrien FRA 2
60 Joergensen Mathias 221 DEN 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
61 De Waal Micha-Boy NDL 2
62 Conijn Marcel NDL 2
63 Koch Nico 260 GER 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
64 Croci Simone 771 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
65 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
66 Van der Mierden Sven NDL 1
67 De Bortoli Davide ITA 1
68 Ubach Simeo 724 SPA 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
69 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
70 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
71 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
72 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
73 Outeiro Luis 147 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
Location Information

matterley basin, Lower Baybridge Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom - View in Google Maps