Following on from his ‘local’ GP last weekend in Agueda, Portugal, Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez now heads to Arroyomolinos near Madrid in Spain for his home race where he will be attempting to make it onto the podium for the second time this season. This comes after two MXGPs in a row where the Spaniard has finished fourth, so he knows he is close and that this would be the perfect venue to put the record straight.

Since coming into the series in 2020, the Arroyomolinos event has grown into one of the most well-attended races on the calendar, with the location, just a few miles outside the capital city of Madrid and next to the big Intu-Xanadu shopping centre providing a great venue for fans to visit. The grandstand seating and the excellent weather also help to create a crazy atmosphere, with Fernandez hoping to capitalise on that support and win his second MXGP event of the year and put him even closer to breaking into the top four spots in the championship race.

An excellent second place in the second moto in Portugal showed he has the speed to do so, so now it is a case of putting it all together in both motos and giving the passionate fans something to cheer about. Having finished inside the top three in three of the last six races (including the points-scoring qualification races) he is proving he belongs amongst the elite riders and a victory here would cement that, after also winning the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina in round one.

Weather conditions for the weekend are looking perfect so the hard-pack terrain should be prime for when the best motocross riders on the planet take to the circuit. Each day has three sessions, with the free practice, timed practice and qualification race on the Saturday, before the Sunday warm-up and the two GP-scoring motos on the Sunday.

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I didn’t quite make it on the podium in Portugal so it would be very nice to get up there this weekend in Spain. Both races are kind of my home races as I live nearer to Agueda than here, but I definitely want to do well in front of all the Spanish supporters and I feel I’m very close to getting to the level I need to be at. It’s just a couple of mistakes in the races that are causing me to miss out, so if I can stop doing those, I know my speed is good enough. Hopefully there will be a lot of fans at the track like there were in previous years and we can have another awesome GP!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Ruben has been a bit unfortunate to have not been on the podium these past couple of rounds, but that just shows the level you need to be riding at all the time to make the step. Still, it also shows how far he’s come that he’s disappointed not to be in the top three and that is very impressive and something we are all hoping to put right in Spain this weekend. There will be a lot of pressure on him, as this is his home GP but he has handled everything thrown at him so far and we don’t expect this to phase him either. He seems to thrive with all the support and we hope he continues this high level of racing in Arroyomolinos.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 246 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 229 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 214 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
4 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 202 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 182 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 162 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 152 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 148 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
9 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 139 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
10 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 116 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
11 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 108 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 87 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
13 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 83 JM Honda Racing Honda
14 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 79 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
15 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 66 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
16 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 56 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 49 JWR Honda Racing Honda
18 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 48 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
19 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 19 KTM Kosak Team KTM
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 18 KTM Kosak Team KTM
21 Rubini Stephen 38 FRA 15 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
22 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 11 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
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 Alberto Paulo POR 4
30 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 3 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
31 Ivanov Michael 97 BUL 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
32 Poli Agustin 98 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
33 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
34 Jasikonis Arminas 2 LTU 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
35 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda
36 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 0 Wildcard Rider KTM
37 Outeiro Luis 147 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
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