For the first time in 2023, Team HRC will have both Ruben Fernandez and reigning MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser under the awning for the MXGP of Czech Republic this weekend.

At the familiar Loket circuit, in the west of the country, Gajser will make his long-awaited return from a broken femur at what is the 12th round of the series. The Slovenian rider has undergone a vigorous recovery programme on the injury he sustained in February, and after being back on the bike for a number of weeks, will experience his first competitive gate-drop at the hillside venue, which should hopefully be filled with thousands of his fans who have been waiting to see their hero in action.

The #243 will be joining Fernandez, who is having an excellent debut season with team, having just moved back into third place in the championship after the MXGP of Lombok, last time out. The Spaniard won the opening round of the season in Patagonia-Argentina and has since been a podium threat throughout the campaign and he’s heading to the Czech Republic with confidence that he has the speed to once again be amongst the front-runners at this historic venue.

While this will be Gajser’s first GP for nearly 10 months, there will be expectations that the five-time world champion will also be up near the front of this highly competitive MXGP class. However, neither the team, nor the rider are putting too much pressure on the results and will instead use this outing as the building block to getting back to the speed that saw him dominate the 2022 campaign, and put him in a position where he can have a successful final third of this 2023 season.

As has been the case this year, Gajser’s first opportunity to score points will be in the Saturday qualifying race, where 10 points are on offer to the winner, nine to second place, down to one point for 10th. This result will then also give the gate-position for the two GP-scoring motos on the Sunday, where the standard 50 points are at stake.

Ruben Fernandez 70

It has been good to be back in Europe and getting into my regular training regime after the Indonesia trip. I enjoyed myself out there, but things didn’t quite go the way I wanted on the track so I’ve been working hard to get that feeling back and I’m looking forward to Loket this weekend. Last year, I was riding so well there, but then I had a big crash, so I know that it is a track that you need to be fully focused on the whole time, but I feel I have made big steps in that this year and now I’m determined to go out there and show it.

Tim Gajser 243

It’s been a very long time since I last raced a GP, so I’m of course very excited to get back out on the track. I’m also excited just to see everyone again, my teammates and all my fans, because when you’re at home recovering, you are kind of isolated and it’s tough to stay involved with everything. Now though, I’ve had a few good weeks on the bike and my body is feeling good. Of course I don’t know how it will go until I’m actually out there racing, but Loket is a good track to return on. I don’t actually have the best record there, so there isn’t too much pressure on me to get a specific result, but of course I want to do well and put on a good race for all my fans who will make the journey.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It’s great to finally have both riders at the races together. Ruben is coming off a tough, but enlightening double-header in Indonesia, where things didn’t go completely to plan, but where he learnt a lot about himself and what he needs to do to progress. And now we have Tim back with the team and that will just lift everyone and it will be awesome to have him around, because not only is he great on the track, he is such a good guy off it. We aren’t really putting any pressure on his result because Tim is the best judge of that and he knows what he can do. Our job is to help both riders achieve their targets and I think if we can do that, it will be a very successful weekend.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 562 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 459 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
3 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 415 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 414 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 390 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 386 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 357 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 285 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
9 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 265 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 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 161 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 147 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
14 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 133 JWR Honda Racing Honda
15 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 125 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
16 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 121 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
17 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 113 JM Honda Racing Honda
18 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 112 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
19 Koch Tom 226 GER 88 KTM Kosak Team KTM
20 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 56 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
21 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 52 KTM Kosak Team KTM
22 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 52 JWR Honda Racing Honda
23 Petrov Petar BUL 41
24 Jacobi Henry GER 29
25 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 27 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
26 Stewart Lewis AUS 25
27 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 24 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
28 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 22 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
29 Murray Nicholas 167 AUS 21 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
30 Haavisto Jere FIN 19
31 Maksum Hilman IDN 17
32 Koch Tim 86 GER 15 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
33 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Kerhoas Lionel 988 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
35 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
36 Leok Tanel EST 10
37 Goupillon Pierre 57 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM
38 Dickinson Ashton 115 GBR 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
39 Tonus Arnaud SWI 8
40 Sileika Tomass 637 LAT 7 Wildcard Rider GasGas
41 Scheu Mark 991 GER 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
42 Lusbo Andero EST 5
43 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
44 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
45 Alberto Paulo POR 4
46 Purdon Tristan 141 RSA 3 Wildcard Rider KTM
47 Malaval Adrien FRA 2
48 Croci Simone 771 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
49 Jazdauskas Domantas 181 LTU 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
50 Koch Nico 260 GER 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
51 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
52 Ubach Simeo 724 SPA 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
53 Gerhardsson Albin 52 SWE 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
54 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
55 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
56 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
57 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
58 Outeiro Luis 147 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
Location Information

Československé armády 350/40, 357 33 Loket, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps