Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez is preparing for the MXGP of Latvia, after a weekend off from the world championship series, meanwhile back in Slovenia, Tim Gajser has started riding again at his Tiga243land track after over three months off due to his broken femur he sustained at the Italian International at Pietramurata in February.

For Fernandez, Kegums holds a lot of great memories as it is the venue where he got his first ever MXGP podium last year, and the likable Spaniard will be hoping to get up on the box once again after just missing out in France last time out. Despite that disappointment, it was actually a positive sign of just how much the Honda CRF450R rider has improved because it was terrain where he never really felt comfortable, yet he rode smart and consistent and just put in two solid results.

Kegums is a pretty unique surface as riders have to get used to a soft top layer early on in the weekend before they reach the hard base underneath. This makes bike setup crucial, but it is something that Fernandez was able to do well in previous years and expects to be able to do again. Currently sitting joint-third in the MXGP championship, with a win at the opening round in Patagonia-Argentina, 2023 has been good for Fernandez and he’ll be hoping to continue that form this coming weekend.

Things have also got better for reigning MXGP champion Tim Gajser as the #243 finally got back on his Honda CRF450R after his injury layoff. Recovering patiently from his broken right femur, the Slovenian has been doing all the rehab necessary in order to make this moment happen, and now he’s finally been able to spin a few laps of his famous Tiga243land track. It is still too early to make a decision on when he’ll take his next gate-drop, but this is a positive step in his recovery and is great news for all his fans around the world.

Ruben Fernandez 70

Kegums is one of my favourite tracks. It’s kind of sandy but also a little bit hard-pack but I like the terrain and I’ve done well there in the past. France was a difficult race for me, but I was still able to fourth overall so I’m happy with that, however now I’m looking to push once more for the podium spots and keep this run of good form going.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was good to have a weekend off, just reassess and plan and make sure things are where they need to be. Ruben has been in good form recently so we didn’t need to change things too much, but there are always little things that can be done to improve and that’s what we’ve been trying to do. He likes Latvia and he’s confident there, so we are looking for him to get back on the podium once again.
Also, there was positive news with Tim as he is back riding the bike again. It’s been a long break for him to have off, but he’s taken another step towards getting back to racing. Obviously, that is still a little way away as he needs to make sure that there are no problems from riding but overall it is great to see him training and we are excited for when he gets to return.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 342 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 318 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 263 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
4 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 263 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 243 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 226 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 217 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 203 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
9 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 202 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 162 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
11 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 158 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
12 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 112 JM Honda Racing Honda
13 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 106 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
14 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 98 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
15 Watson Ben 919 GBR 87 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
16 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 85 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 68 JWR Honda Racing Honda
18 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 56 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
19 Koch Tom 226 GER 54 KTM Kosak Team KTM
20 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 33 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
21 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 30 KTM Kosak Team KTM
22 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 27 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
23 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 21 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
24 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 14 JWR Honda Racing Honda
25 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
26 Goupillon Pierre 57 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM
27 Jacobi Henry GER 9
28 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
29 Tonus Arnaud SWI 8
30 Dickinson Ashton 115 GBR 8 Wildcard Rider KTM
31 Petrov Petar BUL 7
32 Scheu Mark 991 GER 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
33 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
34 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
35 Alberto Paulo POR 4
36 Purdon Tristan 141 RSA 3 Wildcard Rider KTM
37 Malaval Adrien FRA 2
38 Croci Simone 771 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
40 Ubach Simeo 724 SPA 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
41 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
42 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
43 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
44 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
45 Outeiro Luis 147 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
Location Information

Zelta Zirgs mototrase, Rembates pagasts, Ķegums Municipality, Latvia - View in Google Maps