This weekend in Villa La Angostura, Spain, the MXGP Of Patagonia-Argentina 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship will get underway, kicking off what promises to be an exciting campaign.
The excitement for the MXGP season opener is already palpable in the resort village of Villa La Angostura on Nahuel Huapi Lake. The MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina is one of the most anticipated events on the racing schedule due to its picturesque setting at the foot of the Andes, lovely forests and lakes, and the hospitable locals that make up the Neuquen province.
The MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina debuted on the MXGP calendar in 2015, and for the seventh time, the world’s top riders will compete in the MXGP at the stunning dark soil course of Villa La Angostura!
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MXGP Of Patagonia-Argentina Complete Schedule and Start Time:
*All times CEST
SAT. 11 MARCH, 2022
- 16:00 – FREE Studio Show
- 19:15 – LIVE MX2 Qualifying
- 20:00 – LIVE MXGP Qualifying
SUN. 12 MARCH, 2022
- 16:00 – LIVE MX2 Race 1
- 17:00 – LIVE MXGP Race 1
- 19:00 – LIVE MX2 Race 2
- 20:00 – LIVE MXGP Race 2
MXGP Of Patagonia-Argentina Preview:
Riders have changed teams and teams have changed manufacturers during the off-season, which will make the inaugural round even more exciting as we get to see everyone lining up in their new colours!
Following his absence from 2022, all eyes will be on Jeffrey Herlings of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing to see if he can make a comeback at the summit of the Championship. The Dutchman will be driven to succeed in 2023 so that he can join Belgian legend Joel Roberts in third place on the all-time chart and earn an incredible total of six World Titles. This weekend, it will be anticipated that the bullet will pick up significant points in order to start strong. In addition, he will be able to draw on the expertise of Tony Cairoli, the new team manager for KTM, to support him in his effort to win a sixth Motocross World Championship.
Tim Gajser, the reigning MXGP World Champion, will regrettably not be in the starting lineup after a strong performance in 2022 because he is recovering from a preseason injury that will keep him out at least for the first few races of the season. Ruben Fernandez, his new teammate, will represent Team HRC, as he is prepared to compete for the top positions after finishing on two podiums and in a promising eighth overall during his first complete season in the MXGP class last year.
There are many riders with exceptional talent on the roster of contenders for the podium this weekend, and Jorge Prado of RedBull GasGas Factory is likely to be one of them. The Spaniard is getting better each year, and he demonstrated that by placing third in the Championship standings last year to cap off an outstanding season. It will be intriguing to see if Prado, who is renowned for his quick starts (16 Fox Holeshot in 2022), can keep that edge this year and add more Grand Prix victories to his resume, beginning this weekend in Argentina where he previously won in MX2. Mattia Guadagnini, who competed in the final 10 rounds of the previous season and gained considerable experience in the top division, will be riding alongside the Spaniard for the first half of the upcoming MXGP season.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP, which will return in 2023 with the same lineup as last year, is another squad that is sure to be very strong and make an attack on the Championships.
Jeremy Seewer had another outstanding season, coming in second place to Tim Gajser. Since moving up from MX2, the Swiss racer has been among the most reliable, but he has yet to win the prestigious championship. As a five-time Vice Motocross World Champion and following strong preseason performances, Seewer possesses all the knowledge necessary to secure his first-place finish of the year.
Also noteworthy is Maxime Renaux, who demonstrated in his rookie season that he was a fierce competitor by winning one GP in Spain and ending the campaign just outside the podium. Renaux demonstrated that he is more than at ease on these courses by winning one race there last year.
Glenn Coldenhoff demonstrated last year that he is a force to be reckoned with for 2023 with one GP victory and a strong second half of the season. He travels to Argentina full of confidence after a successful preseason and will be competing for a podium place.
Romain Febvre of the Kawasaki Racing Team, who returned to form after missing the majority of the 2022 season due to illness but displayed talent in the final GPs of the season, will be another contender for the podium this week. The 2015 MXGP World Champion’s strong pre-season performance and repeated demonstrations of his speed make him a serious contender for the summit this weekend.
Mitch Evans, who finished 10th in the championship last year, has joined the Kawasaki Racing Team and will be Romain Febvre’s new partner. The Australian is eager to demonstrate his skills on a Kawasaki KX450-SR and collaborate with Antti Pyrhönen.
Standing Construct Honda will also compete for a podium place this weekend because the team kept its seasoned and reliable lineup with Brian Bogers and Pauls Jonass. Throughout the 2022 season, the two players put on a fantastic performance. With a GP victory in Flanders and a sixth-place finish overall in the Championship, Bogers is advancing steadily.
Jonass, who is currently ranked ninth overall in 2022, travels to Argentina with the benefit of having already won in MX2 here in 2018 and of consistently finishing in the top 10.
After winning the MXGP of Sardinia and earning two podium finishes in 2022, Calvin Vlaanderen, who recently extended his deal with Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha, is a driver to keep an eye on. He will begin his fourth season in the MXGP with the goal of improving on his success from the previous year, winning more GPs, and continuing to compete at the highest level.
Alberto Forato will continue to race for SM Action Racing and work to improve upon his 11th-place finish in 2022. Even so, it’s noteworthy that SM Action Racing will now use KTM equipment.
Ben Watson will compete alongside Alessandro Lupino for the all-Italian MRT Racing Team BETA in the meantime. Together, the two will create a capable motocross machine for the company.
Brent Van Doninck, who progressed throughout last season to finish in the top 10 four times in the last eight races and finish 15th overall in the championship, will be driving for JM Honda Racing this year. He plans to build off of these successes to have a better season in 2023.
Valentin Guillod, a Swiss rider, has joined Team Ship To Cycle Honda Motoblouz SR and will now compete on Honda equipment alongside rookie Stephen Rubini, who moved up from the MX2 class after finishing ninth in the Championship.
Alvin Ostlund, a seasoned Swedish rider, and Hardi Roosiorg will be joined by two new riders for the Swedish squad JWR Honda Racing in an entirely new lineup. To produce strong results in 2023, both riders will board the Honda CR450R.
Benoit Paturel, who had a difficult time with injuries in 2022 and participated in 10 rounds, has signed with the De Baets Yamaha Mx-Team and wishes to start over in 2023. The Frenchman is motivated for a strong and competitive 2023 season after switching from a Honda to a Yamaha livery.
Kevin Brumann, who earned points at the final four GPs of last season, will compete with JK Racing for the first time during the full MXGP season. The young Swiss rider will want to demonstrate his ability to fight at the highest level while riding the brand-new YZ450F.