Fernandez fights back to sixth overall in Sumbawa-Indonesia

Fernandez fights back to sixth overall in Sumbawa-Indonesia

It was another tough day for Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez, who ended up in sixth overall, after going five-six at the amazing Sumbawa circuit in temperatures that consistently topped 30C on this tropical island in Indonesia.
Coming into the race, there was a lot to look forward to as Fernandez podiumed the last time out in Teutschenthal, Germany and was also on the podium last year here in the inaugural event at this facility.
Unfortunately, despite posting good times in the free and timed practice yesterday, he couldn’t put that speed into any of the three races over the two days and was fighting for fifth, rather than for podium positions.
In race one, he was able to round the first lap in sixth place before moving into fifth a couple of laps later.
Running a good speed, he tried hard to close up on the riders in front but he couldn’t find a good flow and instead had to fight off a challenge at the end of the race to remain in fifth place.
A better start in race two gave him the opportunity to do better, but a mistake on the sixth corner on lap one dropped him to last position and that made his job extremely difficult in very hot conditions.
A number of passes in the first five laps got him inside the top 10 and at one stage he was the fastest rider on the track coming through the field, however, the clock was against him and he had to settle for sixth place after a tough 30+2.
After this weekend, the Honda CRF450R rider remains in fourth place in the 2023 MXGP Championship standings, but he still has a good opportunity to move higher if he does well next week at the first ever MXGP event to be held on the island of Lombok, in what will be a brand new circuit built specifically for this historic race.

MXGP – Honda Racing Corporation

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