Fabulous Ruben Fernandez wins opening round of the 2023 MXGP World Championship

Fabulous Ruben Fernandez wins opening round of the 2023 MXGP World Championship

12.03.2023: MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina MXGP 2023 Round 1 With a stunning second moto victory, Ruben Fernandez took the overall win at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina, sparking scenes of delight as he crossed the line in what was his debut ride for Team


MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina
MXGP 2023   Round 1




With a stunning second moto victory, Ruben Fernandez took the overall win at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina, sparking scenes of delight as he crossed the line in what was his debut ride for Team HRC.



The Villa La Angostura track is well-known as being one of the best venues on the world championship calendar and with a massive Spanish-speaking fanbase in attendance, Fernandez had plenty of support throughout this opening weekend of the season.



Starting with the Saturday practice sessions, the #70 showed he was right up there with the top guys, always challenging the top five and putting himself in a strong position when they lined up for the qualification race, which this year will count for points in the championship standings, but not the GP overall.



First place receives 10 points, second place nine and then that continues all the way down to 10th place gaining one point, so with a solid fourth place, he gained seven points and set himself up nicely for the Sunday motos.



In race one, a great start meant he swept into the lead around the first corner, much to the delight of the Argentinian supporters. Keeping a good pace, he led for five laps before the second-placed rider made an impressive pass. Still, he kept with him and was riding well and looking good for a podium spot before a small mistake dropped him down to fifth near the end.



Knowing that he’d have to ride well to even get himself onto the podium, the Honda CRF450R once again showed its power as Fernandez took the lead after the first turn. This time, there he had no intention of relinquishing that lead and instead he went about his moto with 30 minutes of flawless riding.



It was a very impressive performance and one that fully deserved to give him his first ever MXGP race win, and his first ever GP overall. It was a proud moment for the Spaniard, and one that he will never forget, and he now heads to Sardinia in a couple of weeks’ time looking to continue his good form in the deep sand of Riola Sardo on March 25-26.   
    
       
    
Ruben Fernandez  70



It is unbelievable to have won this race and overall. When they told me I had won the GP, it was crazy, especially after the crash in race one when I was in second. It has been a long journey to get here, and I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone.


It has been great working with all of Team HRC and it feels like a family already and to get all their support throughout means a lot to me. Winning the GP is a special feeling and I am really just so happy.         

    
       
    
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP



What a start to Ruben’s time with Team HRC! He has worked so hard over the winter to be in this position so he deserves a lot of credit, and then to put it together here is amazing. He certainly didn’t make it easy after race one, but he came out and rode flawlessly in race two, taking the victory and the overall.


It was just such an impressive performance, and a great way to start his year and a great moment for the whole team who all work so hard to make moments like this possible.         

    
       
    
Race 1


1    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    25    Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing    GasGas    34:24.711
2    FEBVRE Romain     3    FRA    22    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    0:04.320
3    RENAUX Maxime     959    FRA    20    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    0:06.803
4    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    18    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0:08.753
5    FERNANDEZ Ruben     70    SPA    16    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    0:10.511
6    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    15    Standing Construct Honda MXGP    Honda    0:15.396
7    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    14    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    0:17.925
8    VAN DONINCK Brent     32    BEL    13    JM Honda Racing    Honda    0:32.878
9    FORATO Alberto     303    ITA    12    SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery    KTM    0:34.810
10    GUADAGNINI Mattia     101    ITA    11    Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii    Husqvarna    0:37.044
11    VLAANDEREN Calvin     10    NDL    10    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    0:40.176
12    WATSON Ben     919    GBR    9    MRT Racing Team Beta    Beta    0:42.014
13    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    8    Wildcard Rider    Yamaha    0:53.112
14    GUILLOD Valentin     92    SWI    7    Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    1:02.254
15    ÖSTLUND Alvin     161    SWE    6    JWR Honda Racing    Honda    1:25.482
16    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    5    Standing Construct Honda MXGP    Honda    1:28.345
17    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    4    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    1 Lap
18    POLI Joaquin     179    ARG    3    Wildcard Rider    Honda    1 Lap
19    ROOSIORG Hardi     75    EST    2    JWR Honda Racing    Honda    1 Lap
20    VAN BERKEL Lars     107    NDL    1    Wildcard Rider    Honda    1 Lap
    
    
       
    
Race 2


1    FERNANDEZ Ruben     70    SPA    25    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    34:43.013
2    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    22    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0:07.320
3    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    20    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    0:09.699
4    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    18    Standing Construct Honda MXGP    Honda    0:22.775
5    FEBVRE Romain     3    FRA    16    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    0:28.978
6    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    15    Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing    GasGas    0:30.167
7    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    14    Standing Construct Honda MXGP    Honda    0:31.994
8    GUADAGNINI Mattia     101    ITA    13    Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii    Husqvarna    0:33.420
9    RENAUX Maxime     959    FRA    12    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    0:43.957
10    VLAANDEREN Calvin     10    NDL    11    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    0:45.954
11    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    10    Wildcard Rider    Yamaha    0:52.519
12    GUILLOD Valentin     92    SWI    9    Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    0:56.395
13    FORATO Alberto     303    ITA    8    SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery    KTM    1:00.805
14    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    7    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    1:10.273
15    WATSON Ben     919    GBR    6    MRT Racing Team Beta    Beta    1:41.169
16    ÖSTLUND Alvin     161    SWE    5    JWR Honda Racing    Honda    1:44.228
17    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    4    MRT Racing Team Beta    Beta    1 Lap
18    ROOSIORG Hardi     75    EST    3    JWR Honda Racing    Honda    1 Lap
19    POLI Joaquin     179    ARG    2    Wildcard Rider    Honda    1 Lap
20    POLI Augustin     198    ARG    1    Wildcard Rider    Husqvarna    1 Lap
    
    
       
    
Rider Standings

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (INC. QUALIFYING RACE)


1    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing    GasGas    50
2    FERNANDEZ Ruben     70    SPA    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    48
3    FEBVRE Romain     3    FRA    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    44
4    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    41
5    RENAUX Maxime     959    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    40
6    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    Standing Construct Honda MXGP    Honda    36
7    GUADAGNINI Mattia     101    ITA    Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii    Husqvarna    33
8    VLAANDEREN Calvin     10    NDL    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    26
9    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    25
10    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    24
    
    


    
Team HRC - MXGP, shotbybavo photos



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