Moving under the Team HRC awning is the culmination of many years of hard work for Ruben Fernandez. Working his way through the European and World Championship pyramid, the Spanish rider has consistently got better year on year and now he’s reached the very pinnacle of motocross, where he hopes to improve even further and start challenging for the highest honours in the sport. He got off to the best possible start by winning his Team HRC debut at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina in 2023 and followed that up with numerous podiums as he ended up fifth in the championship battle. With another off-season under his belt, he is hoping to come into 2024 with the same bang, and maintain that momentum and improve upon his 2023 effort.
Fernandez is a prime example where hard work pays off, not relying on just talent alone but consistently putting in the effort to improve in every aspect of the sport. In his early career he bounced around between teams and although he couldn’t always show his potential, there was always the belief that with the right guidance, he could mix it up with the very best riders in the world.
In 2021 that critical move came about, as he joined the Honda 114 Motorsports team, under the tutelage of Livia Lancelot and the watchful eye of Giacomo Gariboldi. The move soon paid off as he opened the season with consecutive podiums and gained the MX2 red-plate for the third round in Maggiora, Italy. Unfortunately, injuries midway through the year hampered his season but a great run at the triple-header in Trentino where he landed on the podium at all three rounds impressed the right people who believed his skill would translate well on a CRF450R. So, for the final triple he moved up to the MXGP class and right away he was challenging the top five positions.
Those results meant that the following year he rode in the MXGP class full-time, and once again, he rode impressively, getting podiums at Latvia and Indonesia. And it was his speed, along with his calm, personable nature which convinced Team HRC to sign him alongside Tim Gajser for the 2023 campaign.
Winning the opening round of the season was certainly the best possible way to repay that faith, taking the victory in Patagonia-Argentina in spectacular fashion. Podiums followed in Spain, Germany and Maggiora, giving him fifth overall in the championship and now he heads into 2024 looking for even more success on what will be a brand new Honda CRF450R.
|Motocross European Championship 11th
|Motocross European Championship 3rd
|MX2 World Championship 24th
|Motocross European Championship 9th
|MX2 World Championship 9th
|MX2 World Championship 9th
|MXGP World Championship 8th
|MXGP World Championship 5th
|Date of Birth
|21st February 1999
|Vigo, Galicia, Spain