Exciting Times Ahead For Team HRC MXGP Team in 2023

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Photo of HRC MXGP motocross riders Reben Fernandez and Tim Gasjer
With the departure of Aussie Mitch Evans, who is now at Kawasaki, Ruben Fernandez (R) joins Tom Gasjer at HRC for 2023.

After an extremely successful campaign last time out, where Tim Gajser became five-time world motocross champion, Team HRC welcomes Ruben Fernandez under the awning, in a move that gives them a dual threat for wins and podiums in 2023.

Gajser’s fourth MXGP title (in addition to his one MX2 crown) came in another record-breaking year as he topped the charts in all the important statistics, including the most crucial – championship points. Wrapping up the title a couple of rounds early, the #243 had more than three times as many GP wins as his nearest rival, over double the number of race wins, had more pole positions, led more laps, and was on the podium more than anyone else. He was also the only rider to touch the red plate, leading the championship from the first round right the way through the season.

Photo of HRC MXGP motocross rider Tim Gasjer
Tim Gasjer will be looking to make it 6 championships in 2023 after claiming his fifth crown in 2022.

And he’ll be hoping to repeat all those feats in 2023 when he aims to make it six titles in nine years and move him even higher up the list of all-time greats. Of course, it won’t be easy, which is why Gajser continues to make small adjustments to his training, so that he is even better prepared than years previously and ready to take on all-comers when the gate drops for the first time in Argentina on March 12th.

Tim Gasjer’s 2023 Honda CRF450R

“Obviously last year I was champion, and that will be my goal again this year. I always say that nothing is so good, that can’t be better, so I’m trying to improve and work on the small details to give me that little edge,” Gasjer said. “We’ve made a number of changes with the Honda CRF450R in the off-season and they’ve all worked out really well so I’m happy with my machine, and how my training has gone and now it’s just building towards the first gate drop. The calendar looks to be a good one, with some nice rounds and I hope to see a lot of fans throughout the year.”

Photo of HRC MXGP motocross rider Reben Fernandez
Ruben Fernandez will make the move from MX2 to MX1 in 2023 with Honda HRC

Joining him on the line will be Spanish rider Ruben Fernandez, whose rise up the ranks should be an inspiration to motocross riders everywhere. The #70 has had to fight throughout his career, overcoming setbacks early on to finally reach the pinnacle of motocross status – riding a Team HRC CRF450R.

A previous MX2 red-plate holder, Fernandez moved full-time into the MXGP class in 2022 where he immediately made an impact. He had a third-place finish in a moto in Argentina, before standing on the podium in Latvia in just the sixth round. He then had another podium in Indonesia, and was really starting to find his momentum before a crash in Loket whilst running quickest in practice, forced him to miss a few rounds. Still, he had shown enough for Team HRC to sign him up at the end of last year, giving him plenty of time to prepare for this upcoming season.

“It’s a new team for me, but it feels familiar and that has made things a lot easier,” Fernandez said. “This winter has been really good and I’m in a solid place, and I feel like I can show everyone what I can do, right at the very first round. I learned a lot from last year and I’m always trying to improve, so I know that consistency is just as important as speed and that’s what I’ll be aiming to achieve. The Honda CRF450R is a great machine and I’m comfortable on it, having ridden it last year as well I know I couldn’t have a better team behind me, to help improve the bike and make my performance better. I really can’t wait until the season begins!

First up for both riders are the two preseason Italian races in Ponte a Egola and Trentino, before they head to Patagonia-Argentina and the amazing track near Villa La Angostura on the weekend of March 12th. From then on, it’s a steady stream of racing, on some of the best tracks around the world, with some new additions to the calendar freshening it up, before the season finale at Matterley Basin in Great Britain.

Photo of HRC MXGP motocross rider Reben Fernandez
Ruben Fernandez‘s 2023 Honda CRF450R

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