The final three rounds of the 2023 MXGP World Championships hold a lot of good memories for Team HRC, and they’ll be hoping to add some more in these next few weeks, starting with the MXGP of Turkiye this weekend.

Last year Tim Gajser was able to win in Turkiye for the first time, after previously just collecting a couple of race wins since the track was introduced onto the calendar in 2018, so the Slovenian is heading there with a lot of confidence that he can challenge for the podium spots that have so far eluded him since his return to action. Whilst he hasn’t been inside the top three, these last few GPs have provided some valuable testing experience and will be extremely useful for the 2024 campaign, when the #243 will be looking to regain his world championship crown.

Teammate Ruben Fernandez hasn’t had the same success that Gajser has had in Turkiye, but he is heading east with the belief that he will be lining up on the gate much closer to full health than he has done in a number of weeks. The Spaniard has put in some really impressive rides since his incident in Finland, but he has always known that things could be better and now, after a weekend off, he will approach the challenge of the Afyon track in much improved condition.

There don’t seem to be any major layout changes, so although there might be some minor tweaks, this will essentially be the same track the riders have ridden these past few years. With the weather around 30C and little chance of rain, it will be a hot, hard-pack experience once again and while entries are down from the last round, it will still be a considerable challenge against the fastest motocross riders in the world, for this 17th round of the 2023 season.

Ruben Fernandez 70

It’s been good to have this weekend off, just to recuperate and get myself ready for this final stage of the season. Arnhem was tougher than I hoped it would be, but overall there were still a lot of positives to take away from the event and that gives me a lot of confidence that this round in Turkey will go well. I haven’t done too many races there, but it is good to have a hard-pack track again and although it will be hot, I am looking forward to just coming into the weekend feeling a lot better.

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Turkey is a track I really like and I’ve won at before, so that is definitely in my thoughts as I head there again this year. We’ve made some good progress since I’ve returned to racing and while the overall results haven’t been there, I still feel good about where we are. Now I really want to finish this season off strongly and I fully believe that can happen this weekend, where I’ll be aiming for the podium positions.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

The team are very much looking forward to these final three rounds, as they are at tracks that are usually good for us. Tim has won in Turkey, Maggiora and at Matterley Basin before so that’s definitely positive and he’s certainly hoping that he can challenge for wins again this year in these rounds, whilst Ruben has also had some good rides in these tracks. Afyon is a nice event for the team, and even though it is a flyaway, it is a very well-organised event and one we enjoy attending.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 821 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 729 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 652 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 600 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 542 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 498 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
7 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 455 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 414 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
9 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 295 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 260 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 224 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
12 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 220 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 211 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
14 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 203 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
15 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 202 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 194 JWR Honda Racing Honda
17 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 151 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 150 KTM Kosak Team KTM
19 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 140 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
20 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 114 KTM Kosak Team KTM
21 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 113 JM Honda Racing Honda
22 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 110 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
23 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 110 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
24 Petrov Petar BUL 53
25 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 52 JWR Honda Racing Honda
26 Haavisto Jere FIN 51
27 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 43 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
28 Jacobi Henry GER 29
29 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 27 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
30 Stewart Lewis AUS 25
31 Murray Nicholas 167 AUS 21 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
32 Kullas Harri FIN 20
33 Maksum Hilman IDN 17
34 Koch Tim 86 GER 15 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
35 Gerhardsson Albin 52 SWE 15 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
36 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
37 Kerhoas Lionel 988 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
38 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Leok Tanel EST 10
40 Goupillon Pierre 57 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM
41 Krestinov Gert EST 10
42 Dickinson Ashton 115 GBR 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
43 Tonus Arnaud SWI 8
44 Sileika Tomass 637 LAT 7 Wildcard Rider GasGas
45 Monticelli Ivo ITA 6
46 Jost Simon 53 SLK 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
47 Sihvonen Miro FIN 6
48 Purdon Tristan 141 RSA 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
49 Scheu Mark 991 GER 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
50 Lusbo Andero EST 5
51 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
52 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
53 Karlsson Danne 692 SWE 4 Wildcard Rider GasGas
54 Alberto Paulo POR 4
55 Tondel Cornelius NOR 3
56 Kohut Tomas 45 CZE 3 Wildcard Rider KTM
57 Koch Nico 260 GER 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
58 Conijn Marcel NDL 2
59 Jazdauskas Domantas 181 LTU 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
60 Joergensen Mathias 221 DEN 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
61 Croci Simone 771 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
62 Malaval Adrien FRA 2
63 De Waal Micha-Boy NDL 2
64 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
65 Ubach Simeo 724 SPA 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
66 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
67 Van der Mierden Sven NDL 1
68 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
69 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
70 Outeiro Luis 147 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
71 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
Location Information

Sadıkbey Mahallesi, Dörtyol Mah. Turgut Özal Cad., Afyon Yeni Şehir Stadyumu Yanı, 03200 Merkez/Afyonkarahisar - View in Google Maps