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Tim Gajser Relishing the Prospect of MXGP Return

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For the first time in 2023, Team HRC will have both Ruben Fernandez and reigning MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser under the awning for the MXGP of Czech Republic this weekend.


Words: Press Release | Lead Image: HRC


At the familiar Loket circuit, in the west of the country, Gajser will make his long-awaited return from a broken femur at what is the 12th round of the series. The Slovenian rider has undergone a vigorous recovery programme on the injury he sustained in February, and after being back on the bike for a number of weeks, will experience his first competitive gate-drop at the hillside venue, which should hopefully be filled with thousands of his fans who have been waiting to see their hero in action.

The #243 will be joining Fernandez, who is having an excellent debut season with the team, having just moved back into third place in the championship after the MXGP of Lombok, last time out. The Spaniard won the opening round of the season in Patagonia-Argentina and has since been a podium threat throughout the campaign and he’s heading to the Czech Republic with confidence that he has the speed to once again be amongst the front-runners at this historic venue.

While this will be Gajser’s first GP for nearly 10 months, there will be expectations that the five-time world champion will also be up near the front of this highly competitive MXGP class. However, neither the team, nor the rider are putting too much pressure on the results and will instead use this outing as the building block to getting back to the speed that saw him dominate the 2022 campaign, and put him in a position where he can have a successful final third of this 2023 season.

As has been the case this year, Gajser’s first opportunity to score points will be in the Saturday qualifying race, where 10 points are on offer to the winner, nine to second place, down to one point for 10th. This result will then also give the gate-position for the two GP-scoring motos on the Sunday, where the standard 50 points are at stake.

Tim Gajser: “It’s been a very long time since I last raced a GP, so I’m of course very excited to get back out on the track. I’m also excited just to see everyone again, my teammates and all my fans, because when you’re at home recovering, you are kind of isolated and it’s tough to stay involved with everything. Now though, I’ve had a few good weeks on the bike and my body is feeling good. Of course I don’t know how it will go until I’m actually out there racing, but Loket is a good track to return on. I don’t actually have the best record there, so there isn’t too much pressure on me to get a specific result, but of course I want to do well and put on a good race for all my fans who will make the journey.”

Ruben Fernandez: “It has been good to be back in Europe and getting into my regular training regime after the Indonesia trip. I enjoyed myself out there, but things didn’t quite go the way I wanted on the track so I’ve been working hard to get that feeling back and I’m looking forward to Loket this weekend. Last year, I was riding so well there, but then I had a big crash, so I know that it is a track that you need to be fully focused on the whole time, but I feel I have made big steps in that this year and now I’m determined to go out there and show it.”

Marcus Pereira de Freitas – HRC General Manager – MXGP: “It’s great to finally have both riders at the races together. Ruben is coming off a tough, but enlightening double-header in Indonesia, where things didn’t go completely to plan, but where he learnt a lot about himself and what he needs to do to progress. And now we have Tim back with the team and that will just lift everyone and it will be awesome to have him around, because not only is he great on the track, he is such a good guy off it. We aren’t really putting any pressure on his result because Tim is the best judge of that and he knows what he can do. Our job is to help both riders achieve their targets and I think if we can do that, it will be a very successful weekend.”

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Mathis Valin stays second in EMX250

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Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Mathis Valin narrowly missed the podium in round two of the EMX250 Championship at Pietramurata in the Trentino region of northern Italy but the French teenager retained a secure second place in the series standings.

A single slip in each race cost the youngster a second consecutive podium in his rookie season in the class, but he displayed character and determination to regain his composure and charge back up the leaderboard to finish fourth in each moto. He spun out in a loose-surfaced turn on the third lap of Saturday afternoon’s first moto after quickly advancing to fourth; the incident cost him three positions but he responded well to recover fourth place five laps from the close despite discomfort in his leg from the crash. In race two on Sunday morning he found himself squeezed towards the trackside banking heading into the first turn but was again quickly on the move to seventh before tipping over in a tight turn at the start of lap four to surrender two positions. Undaunted by the slip he persevered with decisive passes on consecutive laps mid-moto to make fourth his own four laps from the end. He now trails the championship leader by sixteen points but is seventeen clear of third in the standings.

Bud teammate Benjamin Garib had no joy in Saturday’s first moto as he was involved in a mass collision on the exit from turn one but the Chilean showed his speed and determination in race two as he advanced consequently from a fifteenth-placed start to seventh – with his sights set on fifth – two laps from the finish before a fall pushed him back to eighth at the chequered flag.

Mathis Valin: “ After my crash yesterday I had so much pain in my leg that I could hardly walk when I came back to the team truck and I didn’t sleep so well last night. But today I did my best to get some important points with another fourth-placed finish; in the first part of the race I still had some pain, especially when I was sitting down, but  it became less painful mid-moto and I could make some passes. I didn’t really enjoy this track so much but the results show that all the work we did this winter is paying off and overall I’m happy as I’m still second in the standings.”

Benjamin Garib: ” Saturday was not a good way to start the weekend with a crunch at the first corner but my start was better today and I was right on the pack. I could make some good passes but I had a small crash near the end which cost me a couple of places. I enjoyed the track, but it was a new experience and very tricky with the grip; you had to be very careful with line-choice. I’m happy with my riding; I just need to figure out my starts.”

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Onboard with Tim Gajser in Arco di Trento

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Tim Gajser was riding with a GoPro camera at the fourth round of the MXGP world championship in Arco di Trento last weekend. Watch the footage below and see how intense it is in the opening laps of the MXGP class.

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Watch the startcrash of the MX2 class in Trentino

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At the start of the second MX2 moto of the Grand Prix of Trentino there was huge pile up. One of the riders was championship leader Kay de Wolf. Mikkel Haarup was riding with a GoPro camera and filmed the crash from behind

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