Gariboldi confirms Honda renew Fernandez contract!

Ruben Fernandez had a pretty good MX2 World Championship campaign last year finishing ninth in the championship standings but he was vocal about not having the best equipment. The young Spaniard inked a deal with the 114 Honda Motorsports team coming into the 2021 season and he’s had a superb start to the season. 

Fernandez started the season with a bang with two podiums in Russia and the UK and has been consistent since. He’s currently third in the MX2 World Championship and has clearly stepped it up this year as he feels comfortable and fast on the Honda. 

Giacomo Gariboldi from HRC Honda has exclusively revealed to us that Honda have extended Fernandez’s contract for the 2022 season and in him they hope to have a long-term rider. 

“The fantastic performances of Ruben have hit the fantasy of many team managers in the last two months but I’m proud to say that we have renewed his contract also for 2022 and I can affirm that Ruben will remain with Honda for many years to come”.

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“As I said to him, watching all the top riders of the past and of our days, only the ones who were able to stick for a long time in the same team have got amazing results – Everts, Cairoli, Herlings and Gajser are examples which tell you all! Ruben is happy where he is and knows that Honda will do the best for him to achieve what we all want, another title of world champion”.

Pic: Nigel McKinstry

Gariboldi who has plenty of experience in the Motocross world even compared Fernandez to a young Tim Gajser who now has four world titles to his name. 

“Until the start of the season Ruben was flying under the radars and on all the articles on the papers or the internet he was never considered like a title contender, but then in Russia he showed immediately how he has improved during the winter getting on his first ever podium and then two weeks later he did it again in England taking the red plate in MX2! Ruben is a raw talent and he has huge margins to improve, I see in him the same qualities which have made Tim Gajser great”.

“Ruben is hungry, is humble, is a fighter and he gives all he has in each race. Like Tim he needs to feel the right atmosphere around him, the right people and this is the most difficult element to offer to a rider; we did it with Tim and now we have done it for Ruben, he just has around him people he trusts; Pere Ibanez, the famous Spanish engine maker who has been working many many years in Yamaha Rinaldi doing the factory engines for Everts and company, and now he is the reference point for Ruben, they speak the same language and Ruben knows where to go when he needs something; Ciro Franzon in charge of the suspensions is another very close to Ruben and Livia Lancelot who has been spending her winter going out training with Ruben and listening to all his needs”.

If Fernandez continues to improve and develop as a rider he could have a very bright future ahead of him which is great for Spanish Motocross as well as Honda. 

Pic: Nigel McKinstry