Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez had a strong opening couple of sessions at this weekend’s MXGP of Sumbawa-Indonesia
Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez had a strong opening couple of sessions at this weekend’s MXGP of Sumbawa-Indonesia, finishing second and third in the free and timed practice sessions, before putting in a great first few corners of the qualification race to round for the first lap in second place. Unfortunately, midway through the race, he lost his flow and a couple of riders passed him, so he ended up in fifth place.
After a long trip to Sumbawa for the first of this Indonesian double-header, the riders had to adapt quickly to the hot temperatures that greeted them on arrival at this picturesque island circuit. First up in the morning was the free practice where it didn’t take Fernandez long to get back in the rhythm of things and lay down a lap that was second fastest. The #70 followed that up with another impressive display in timed practice, placing in third, at a track where he also finished third overall last year.
This set up the Honda CRF450R rider nicely with an early gate-pick in the qualification race and he used that to good effect by sweeping around the first couple of corners and into second place. In the first half of the race, he settled into a fast pace, trying to match the leaders’ speed and also keep those behind him at bay, however midway through the race a couple of mistakes crept in and he dropped some spots. It was a disappointing end to a promising day, but with fifty points on offer tomorrow, there is still a strong chance for him to continue his excellent 2023 MXGP World Championship campaign.