Vantaa offers a chance for Team HRC to get back on track

Vantaa offers a chance for Team HRC to get back on track

Vantaa, Finland is hosting the 14th round of the 2023 MXGP World Championship where Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez and Tim Gajser will hoping to put forward a better showing than they managed in Lommel last time out.
In what is the third race in three weekends, the duo will once again be navigating a deep sand track, which held the Junior World Championships last year, but hasn’t hosted a GP for a number of years.
This makes it a new track for the majority of the field and that is always an exciting proposition as the best motocross riders in the world get to learn a brand-new circuit.
For Fernandez, he’ll be hoping to build upon his Fox Holeshot from race two in Lommel and put in a strong moto to try and close the gap to third place in the championship.
The Spaniard knows that sand isn’t his strongest surface but was still able to get sixth in race two and that’s the minimum he’ll be looking for this weekend.
Reigning world champion Gajser has fond memories of Finland as this was the country where he was crowned last year, in what was his fifth world title.
The Slovenian missed the majority of this campaign, coming back a couple of weeks ago in Loket, Czech Republic and is looking to build himself back into race shape, so that he is ready for 2024 and an attempt at getting title number six.
As such, every race is chance to test settings out in the race environment, see what works, and use that information when the results are more critical.
With no support classes scheduled to race, the weekend will use the ‘overseas timetable’ with a shorter break after the timed practice on Saturday and the warm-up on Sunday morning.
This means the qualification race will take place at 16:10 local time, with the two GP-scoring motos dropping their gates at 13:15 and 16:10 on Sunday.

MXGP – Honda Racing Corporation

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