After a frustrating end to his Latvian adventure, Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez gets a chance to put things right straight away as the series heads to Teutschenthal, Germany this weekend for the ninth round of the 2023 MXGP World Championships.

Up until the mid-point of the second moto, things were looking good for the Honda CRF450R rider, having been third in the qualification race and then third in the first moto, a podium was well within his reach. However, a nasty incident on the step-up whilst running fifth left him requiring assistance in the pits that dropped him well down the field and only able to salvage three points.

While the end was disappointing, the overall speed and the way Fernandez was riding was another positive on a year that has been filled with excellent moments and the Spaniard remains confident that his racing will yield the desired results soon enough. And that begins on Saturday in Germany on the hard-pack rutted Teutschenthal track, where the weather is looking a lot better than it was on Sunday in Kegums.

Last year, the #70 went five-five for fourth overall at this circuit in his first year in the MXGP class, so hopes are high that he can repeat and even improve upon that when the gate drops for Saturday’s points-scoring qualification race, and then again for the two GP-scoring motos on Sunday.

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Obviously Latvia ended on a bit of a downer, having that crash and only being able to finish in 18th. However, for 99% of the weekend, I was riding well and feeling good and that’s the part I want to concentrate on and bring into this weekend in Germany. Last year I was fourth overall after a pair of fifth place finishes and I know I’ve improved a lot since then, so once again my aim will be to get on the podium and keep this good season rolling.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We really felt like Ruben would be on the podium last week in Latvia, and I think without the rain, he would have been. However, you have to be able to deal with all conditions in these world championships so its something he’s still learning but overall it was a good showing and we’re proud of the commitment he’s showing this year in difficult circumstances. Next up is Germany, which Ruben actually hasn’t ridden too many times compared with other riders, but he had good results last year and we’ll be trying to get him at the same level or higher this time around.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 393 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 378 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 306 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
4 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 294 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 273 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 260 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 260 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing 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 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 191 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
11 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 181 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
12 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 113 JM Honda Racing Honda
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 112 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
14 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 109 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 108 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
16 Watson Ben 919 GBR 97 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 79 JWR Honda Racing Honda
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 66 KTM Kosak Team KTM
19 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 56 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
20 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 47 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
21 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 44 KTM Kosak Team KTM
22 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 27 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
23 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 23 JWR Honda Racing Honda
24 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 21 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
25 Jacobi Henry GER 18
26 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
27 Leok Tanel EST 10
28 Goupillon Pierre 57 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM
29 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
30 Tonus Arnaud SWI 8
31 Haavisto Jere FIN 8
32 Dickinson Ashton 115 GBR 8 Wildcard Rider KTM
33 Sileika Tomass 637 LAT 7 Wildcard Rider GasGas
34 Petrov Petar BUL 7
35 Scheu Mark 991 GER 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
36 Lusbo Andero EST 5
37 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
38 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
39 Alberto Paulo POR 4
40 Purdon Tristan 141 RSA 3 Wildcard Rider KTM
41 Malaval Adrien FRA 2
42 Croci Simone 771 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
43 Jazdauskas Domantas 181 LTU 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
44 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
45 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
46 Ubach Simeo 724 SPA 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
47 Gerhardsson Albin 52 SWE 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
48 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
49 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
50 Outeiro Luis 147 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
51 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
Location Information

Motorsportclub Teutschenthal e.V., Straße des Friedens, Teutschenthal, Germany - View in Google Maps