In the MXGP class, it was Team HRC’s Tim Gajser who took his Honda CRF450R to the podium in race one after recovering from an average start. Gajser took time to build up his speed in the race and towards the end of the race he posted the fastest sector and lap times, cutting a seemingly unassailable deficit in the opening laps to just 2.5 seconds at the arrival. The Slovenian finished the race in third place, adding valuable points to his championship lead.
Rubén Fernández (Team Honda 114 Motorsport) had a brave lap in race one, finishing the first lap in tenth place and pushing hard throughout the race to allow the Spaniard to earn sixth place at the finish. .
In race two, Gajser got off to a better start and immediately dropped to second place. The 25-year-old showed patience and maturity on the tough Portuguese circuit and near the halfway mark of the race easily took the lead, failing to win by a comfortable five seconds. Gajser has now extended his MXGP lead to 21 points and the championship leader’s red plate remains on the #243 HRC Team CRF450R for another GP.
Rubén Fernández had a tougher outing in race two. Although he got off to a slightly better start, he struggled to find a rhythm and was in pain after crashes on Saturday. He eventually finished the race in ninth place after holding eighth place for several laps.
Team HRC’s Mitch Evans finished the day 12th overall after a few unlucky early laps in both motos, which made it difficult to overcome the mess and perch further down the field. The likeable Aussie went 15-12 respectively in runs as he continues his recovery from a wrist injury in 2020 forcing him out of the entire 2021 season.
In the MX2 class, Frenchman Stephen Rubini took his Shiptocycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda CRF250R to a great result in race one. He started in sixth place and moved up to fifth on lap two, eventually finishing the race in sixth place.
In race two Rubini got tangled up in an early incident and started the race from last place. In the space of one lap, he climbed up to 19th place and continued to take positions to finish 13th. A disappointment for the overall result, but showing good speed and potential to break into the top five as he seeks future podium finishes.
The fifth round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend in another stunning location in the mountains of Trentino in northern Italy. All Honda riders will reset and regroup as the door falls back on another Grand Prix and an opportunity for Honda teams to showcase their winning bikes at the highest level of motocross competition.