Ruben Fernandez: Fan Frenzy

Honda 114 Motorsports rider Rubén Fernández is very quickly becoming a fan favourite in the tough world of MXGP racing. Having only raced 55 Grand Prix rounds and just 10 in the tough MXGP class, the Spanish rider has already picked up a podium finish and in 2022 has six top ten results out of the eight rounds run.

For the 23-year-old that third place finish at Kegums, Latvia, a few weeks ago was the highlight of what has been a really speedy journey to the elite of world motocross. Showing huge potential on the semi-factory backed 450, Fernandez was consistent and polished with his Latvian delight.

“Well,” Fernandez said. “This is good to get it out of the way and to be honest, I'm super happy. I always thought I could make it happen and I felt I had the speed for it, I just found it difficult to put it all together in one weekend. After many bad weekends in a row, I needed to know where I was going wrong and how to work on it and finally put it all together and stay calm and that’s what made it possible to be on the podium. It’s a little bit of a pity that I couldn’t make it 3-3”.

Last weekend in Sardinia he was less impressive, with an 16-7 and 11th place overall, as tough temperatures cost many riders better results and the Spaniard was one of those who really found the heat to be a problem. Crashes by other riders and one which involved him didn’t help his progress in the opening race, but he did come back strong in the second race.

“The track was very demanding this weekend and the heat made it much more difficult. In timed practice I felt OK, but even during the qualifying race I felt quite tired and struggled to find my flow in the sand. In the first race I got a bit unlucky and got stuck behind a fallen rider in the second turn and then another rider crashed in-front of me a few turns later and that caused me to crash. I then came through the pack quite well and quickly. I pushed so hard that I started to feel tired again and had another crash, so the first race did not go well for me. In the second race I had a better start, and I was holding onto fourth place. Eventually I was passed by some other riders towards the end of the race but still made it over the line in seventh which was OK. Definitely my riding was better in race two and I adjusted to the sandy conditions more quickly.”

Now onto the MXGP of Spain, at the hard pack circuit of Arroyomolinos. Like all home riders, this Grand Prix means a lot to Fernandez, as he tried to improve on his sixth place in the MXGP points standings and possibly send his home fans into a frenzy with a podium result.

“I’m looking forward to racing at my home GP in a little over a week’s time. I think it’ll be very warm too - probably over 30 degrees. I’m going to prepare well for it, and I would like to finish on the podium in-front of my home crowd.”

What we all know, with Jorge Prado and Ruben Fernandez involved in the next Grand Prix of the season, a huge turn-out is expected with fans coming from all over Spain to watch these two exceptional racers do their best.   

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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