The FIM World Motocross Championship visited Patagonia in Argentina this weekend.
Surrounded by a complex network of mountain lakes the beautiful landscape encircling the 900 meter-high circuit produced a stunning backdrop to some thrilling racing in all classes and the local fans were treated to a display of top-flight motocross featuring many of the best riders in the world.
In the MXGP class, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser once again battled hard at the front the field, pushing hard in race one to make his way through from fourth on lap one to second place by lap 11. Although the Slovenian looked like he’d take the lead, a small mistake towards the end of the race cost him time. He finished the moto in a safe second place.
The holeshot in race one went to Team JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi on the always competitive production CRF450R. Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Rubén Fernández also had a great start and took the lead on lap one, but an unfortunate high speed and unexpected crash put the Spaniard in 27th and last place on lap one. Fernández battled back to 15th at the chequered flag to salvage six championship points.
In the MX2 class Shiptocycle Honda SR Motoblouz’s Stephen Rubini managed a top-ten start but lost two positions in the early stages of the race. The likeable Frenchman regrouped and pushed hard to regain the lost places and eventually finished the race in eighth. Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Hakon Fredriksen had a tough outing in race one today starting in 13th place and eventually finishing in 12th.
MX2 race two saw Rubini hit lap one in seventh place and he fought very hard throughout the moto to defend his position. He suffered some lost places towards the middle of the race but battled back to eighth at the flag and sixth overall.
Hakon Fredriksen had a similar race to Rubini, albeit a couple of positions further down the field. Fredrikson finished the day in 11th overall, but surprisingly only seven points away from 5th overall.
Gajser came out fighting in MXGP race two and launched his CRF450R into an immediate lead, taking the holeshot and leading every lap of the race. His race two win and first race second place rewarded Team HRC and Tim the overall victory and a 17 point lead in the championship. The championship leader’s red plate still graces Gajser’s Team HRC CRF450R for the next GP in Portugal in two weeks time.
Rubén Fernández also had a great start in race two and following his race one incident he focused hard on delivering the best possible result. Never giving up, the talented 23-year-old worked until the end and was rewarded with a pass on the final lap to give him third overall. A fantastic result for the MXGP rookie.
Teams HRC’s Mitch Evans continued his recovery from last year’s serious wrist injury and finished the day in a good eighth overall as he continues his improvement and journey back to more solid and consistent results.