After Tim Gajser’s victory at the MXGP of Turkiye last time out, Team HRC head ‘home’ for a GP at the prestigious Maggiora circuit, just a few miles from the team’s workshop facility near Milan, Italy.

The win in Afyon meant that both Gajser and teammate Ruben Fernandez have won onboard their Honda CRF450Rs this year, with Fernandez taking the overall at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina at the beginning of the season. And now, with just two rounds remaining, both riders will be looking to try and add to that tally when the gate-drops in Italy this weekend.

Gajser won the GP at this track last year, coming through the field in both motos to go one-one and cap off an impressive seven race win-streak that he was on in the early stages of 2022, which eventually saw him win the MXGP championship. This time around though, he wants to finish the season on the top step of the podium, with the Turkiye win raising those expectations at a track that he also won at in the MX2 class in 2015.

Teammate Fernandez is also heading to Italy in a much better frame of mind, after putting in a solid fourth place in moto two in Turkey. It was the Spaniard’s best result for a few rounds and gives him belief that he is getting back to the form that saw him stand on the podium three times in the first half of the championship.

With it being close the Team HRC headquarters, and also one of the closest rounds for Gajser’s sizeable fanclub, there is expected to be a lot of interest around the circuit for the Honda riders and with both of them up near the sharp end of the field last time out, there could be a lot to celebrate at the end of what is surely going to be another historic weekend at this majestic race-track.

Ruben Fernandez 70

I finally feel like I am getting back to my best, after this period where I’ve struggled to be 100% healthy. With the non-stop races, it hasn’t been easy to recover but in that second moto in Turkey where I finished fourth, and now having a weekend off, I am feeling a lot better about Maggiora and my chances of doing well there. It is an impressive track and should provide some good racing and battles and my aim now is to finish the season strongly.

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Obviously after Turkiye, I am really looking forward to racing at Maggiora. I really like the track there and the fans are always loud and you can hear them around the circuit when you ride. Having now won a GP, that is my goal for all the races and although I know it won’t be easy to replicate, I have done well at this venue before and I am excited to try and do so again this time around.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim’s victory in Turkiye was a big boost to everyone in Team HRC and a nice reward for all the hard work that everyone has put in during this 2023 season. To have both riders with GP wins is a great achievement and something we can be proud of, but for now, we are focusing on Maggiora and Matterley Basin and trying to do even better for these final two rounds. It won’t be easy, but we’ve had a productive week and both riders are coming into the event feeling good and aiming to get on that podium.

MXGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 841 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 774 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 676 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 959 NDL 628 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 570 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 532 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
7 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 455 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 444 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery KTM
9 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 310 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 302 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 244 De Baets Yamaha MX-Team Yamaha
12 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 233 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
13 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 227 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR 221 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
15 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 217 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 207 JWR Honda Racing Honda
17 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 198 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 150 KTM Kosak Team KTM
19 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 150 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
20 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 125 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
21 Spies Maximillian 71 GER 114 KTM Kosak Team KTM
22 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 113 JM Honda Racing 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

Via Fornaci, 25, 28014 Maggiora, Novara, Italy - View in Google Maps