Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez travels to Indonesia this week as he gets ready to race the first of the double-header in the Asian country. First up is the return to the island Sumbawa, which provided an excellent venue at its debuting event last year. That is then followed by a new round on Lombok, on July 1-2, an island that has successfully hosted MotoGP for the last few years.

On a trip that normally consists of three flights, these races aren’t easy to get to, but the hugely enthusiastic and vocal local population make up for that, bringing great energy and making everyone in the paddock feel truly welcome. Fernandez took advantage of that last year when he went three-four for third overall, in what was his second MXGP podium of his career. Given the fact he’s riding a lot better this time around, and coming off the back of his third podium of the season in Germany last time out, hopes are high that he can make it number four at the incredible Sumbawa facility.

Meanwhile in Slovenia, reigning MXGP champion Tim Gajser announced in a press conference at his Tiga243land track that he will return to the world motocross championship at the MXGP of the Czech Republic on July 15-16. The #243 has missed the entire 2023 season up to this point due to a broken femur he sustained in the pre-season crash at the Pietramurata track in Trentino, Italy in February and has been in rehabilitation since that moment. Now though, after receiving the green light from his doctor, he will race at Loket, where a lot of Slovenians should be able to make the trip north to see their returning hero in action.

That race is still just over three weeks away, giving Gajser a bit more time to prepare himself for the rigours of MXGP duty, while the rest of the team support Fernandez as he looks to step on the podium again and continue his chase for third place in the 2023 world championship standings.

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Last time in Sumbawa, I had a great time at what was a great GP. I got on the podium with two solid motos at the fantastic track they made there. I think everyone was shocked at how amazing the circuit was, with a big wide layout, and some massive jumps. The soil was this strange mixture, that was hard to setup right for, but I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to ride there again. It is a lot of travel to get there but I think it is good that we have two races in Indonesia this year and I am interested to see a bit more of the country.

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Obviously I’m extremely excited to have a date set for my return, to give me something to focus on a prepare for specifically and I feel that Loket is a good track, that I’ll have a lot of support at. I’ve been on the bike a number of weeks now and everything has gone well, the doctor has checked and confirmed this and given me the all-clear to return to racing. I have just over three weeks to make sure I am where I need to be, but just having that date makes things a lot clearer. A big thank you to everyone for all the support and I can’t wait to meet up with my Team HRC colleagues, and the rest of the MXGP paddock soon.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

The overseas races always require a bit of extra work to prepare for, and the team were flat out after Germany making sure everything was ready to come here. With two rounds, we have to make sure we have everything we might need with us, or know where to get it and that’s where our sponsors at Astra Honda really help us out with the local information. Ruben is feeling good, after his podium in Germany and he likes the Sumbawa track as it suits his style so we expect him to be up there once again. And then we have the really positive news that Tim will be joining us in the Czech Republic, which is just fantastic for everyone. So overall, Team HRC is in a good place right now.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 453 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 386 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 347 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
4 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 337 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 320 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 304 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 286 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 229 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
9 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 205 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 203 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
11 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 202 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 117 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 116 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
14 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 113 JM Honda Racing Honda
15 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 112 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
16 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 109 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 90 JWR Honda Racing Honda
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 88 KTM Kosak Team KTM
19 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 75 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
20 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 56 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
21 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 52 KTM Kosak Team KTM
22 Jacobi Henry GER 29
23 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 27 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
24 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 24 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
25 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 23 JWR Honda Racing Honda
26 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 22 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
27 Haavisto Jere FIN 19
28 Koch Tim 86 GER 15 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
29 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
30 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
31 Leok Tanel EST 10
32 Goupillon Pierre 57 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM
33 Dickinson Ashton 115 GBR 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Tonus Arnaud SWI 8
35 Sileika Tomass 637 LAT 7 Wildcard Rider GasGas
36 Petrov Petar BUL 7
37 Scheu Mark 991 GER 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
38 Lusbo Andero EST 5
39 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
40 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
41 Alberto Paulo POR 4
42 Purdon Tristan 141 RSA 3 Wildcard Rider KTM
43 Malaval Adrien FRA 2
44 Croci Simone 771 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
45 Jazdauskas Domantas 181 LTU 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
46 Koch Nico 260 GER 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
47 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
48 Ubach Simeo 724 SPA 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
49 Gerhardsson Albin 52 SWE 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
50 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
51 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
52 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
53 Outeiro Luis 147 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
54 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
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