Round nine of the 2022 FIM World Motocross Championship visited the Madrid International Motocross Circuit, right next-door to the intu Xanadú-Arroyomolinos retail complex.
This is the third time the MXGP tour has visited Arroymolinos and as predicted, the weather was baking hot and temperatures exceeded 30 degrees throughout the weekend and once again challenged riders and machines on the tough and technical circuit.
In the MXGP class Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was keen to move on from his sickness at the last round in Sardinia two weeks ago and although a crash in Saturday’s qualifying race gave Gajser an average choice on the start-gate, he blasted his retro-liveried CRF450R into the first turn and came out in a fantastic third place.
Gajser pushed hard in the first few laps and and moved into second place on lap three and despite challenging hard for the lead, after 18 laps of frantic racing the Slovenian settled for second place, adding 22 points to his GP account.
Tim’s team-mate Mitch Evans had a tough moto one. The Australian started in 11th place and set-about a charge up to seventh by lap four. Towards the end of the race arm-pump set in dropping Evans down to 12th at the finish.
Riding at his home GP, Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Rubén Fernández had a relatively uneventful first race, starting in seventh place and moving into sixth on lap two where he remained for the remainder of the moto.
As the temperature still soared the gate dropped for MXGP race two and this time Tim Gajser rounded lap one down in seventh place. The tight a technical circuit proved a hard challenge to make early passes and although Tim moved up one place during the race, sixth was the best result he could manage. He finished the day just one point away from a podium finish.
Mitch Evans improved on his race one result crossing the line in eighth place for 11th overall and Rubén Fernández finished race two in seventh giving the Spaniard seventh overall.
The MX2 class also witnessed some Honda action at the front of the pack with Shiptocycle Honda SR Motoblouz’s Stephen Rubini pushing very hard from eighth place on lap one, race one and working his way up to a fantastic second place on lap seven. By the mid-race point Rubini dropped one position into third where he finished a tough and tiring race.
Stephen Rubini had to once again battle hard in MX2 race two. The Frenchman was tagged by another rider on the start straight and rounded the first turn in last position. He set about a charge back and managed to secure seventh place on lap nine, but small mistakes and fatigue took their toll. Rubini crossed the finish line in ninth place, just missing out on a podium position by two points.
Round 10 of the MXGP Championship is set for Ernée, France in one week’s time.