Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez will be lining up for this weekend’s MXGP of Portugal, held at the Agueda circuit just a couple of hours from his house, with the track having undergone some changes that will see it being run in reverse for this event.

Last week, the organiser invited a select number of riders to take part in a trial run for the new layout, with Fernandez being amongst those chosen. He said the changes have been well-made and it’s always good to switch things around a bit every now and again, just to keep things interesting. The track still flows well and that is the important thing because it has always been an excellent circuit in that regard and there should be a lot of fans making the trip who are used to fast, close racing.

Many of those fans will be cheering for the #70 who comes from the Galicia region of Spain, just a few hours north of this track, but who has always brought a good number of supporters across the border. And due to his recent success of winning the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina at round one, and just missing the podium last time out in Trentino, the Team HRC rider should be a very popular in the pits and out on track.

Currently sitting in fifth place in the MXGP World Championship, onboard his Honda CRF450R, Fernandez will be hoping to close up to the four riders ahead of him with a good performance this weekend. He has shown on numerous occasions already that he has the speed to run at the front of the field, so if he can avoid the minor lapses, his consistency will improve and that will help him become a more regular podium-contender, with this event being the perfect opportunity to start that off.

The weather forecast is looking solid all weekend, which should give perfect conditions for all the riders. The MXGP guys have free and timed practice on Saturday before the points-scoring qualification race in the evening. Then on Sunday, they have a quick warm-up before the two GP-scoring event motos to determine the overall podium.

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The last round in Trentino went a lot better, although it was annoying to have lost out on a podium due to a couple of small mistakes. Still, it showed my speed is good and now we are heading to Agueda, which is a track I really enjoy so I’m excited to go there and put on a strong performance in front of a lot of my fans. I rode there a few days ago to see how the new layout worked and I think they did a good job so that’ll be cool for the fans and riders. Overall though, I am very much looking forward to this weekend and I hope I can get back on the podium!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Portugal is a date we’ve circled on the calendar because we know Ruben is very good at this track and he will be extra motivated to ride well as it is close to his home, and there should be a lot of his fans supporting him. We came close to a podium last time out in Italy, so he knows what he has to do, to get back there and that’s what we’ve been working on during this off-week from the races. Hopefully the weather is kind to us and everyone has a great weekend.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 201 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 184 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 175 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 166 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
5 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 136 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 125 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 120 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 108 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
9 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 107 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
10 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 98 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
11 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 84 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 69 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
13 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 68 JM Honda Racing Honda
14 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 62 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
15 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 56 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
16 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 51 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
17 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 41 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
18 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 38 JWR Honda Racing Honda
19 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 15 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 15 KTM Kosak Team KTM
21 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 11 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
22 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 11 KTM Kosak Team KTM
23 Goupillon Pierre 57 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM
24 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
25 Tonus Arnaud SWI 8
26 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 7 JWR Honda Racing Honda
27 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
28 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
29 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
30 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
31 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
32 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
33 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
34 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 0 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
35 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
Location Information

Agueda, Portugal - View in Google Maps