Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen has had a strong start to the MXGP of Germany, which culminated in a third-place finish in today’s 25-minute qualifying race at Teutschenthal. Before that, the young South African rider had topped the timesheets of timed practice, which gave him the first gate pick for the qualifying moto of the weekend.

Vlaanderen jumped out of the gate well and was fourth as the MX2 field attacked the first corners of the race. On lap six, Calvin managed to pass Covington for third and then tried to chase Jonass for second place. When he was closing in on the reigning champion, Vlaanderen made a small mistake that cost him a brace of seconds: despite the setback, he managed to get up to speed again and keep a group of four riders at bay to consolidate his position up to the chequered flag.

The two MX2 races of the MXGP of Germany will get underway at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +2), after the usual warm up scheduled at 10:25.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Today was a good day. I felt good with the bike and on the track, and it was surely cool to be the fastest in timed practice for the first time this year. I had a good start and was fourth after taking the inside line; I got up to speed and rode at my pace, while trying to find a place where to pass Covington. After a few attempts I was finally able to do it and from then on I managed my position and got a good result ahead of the two races, which I’m really looking forward too.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin had a very strong day and that’s exactly how we needed to get the weekend going. We made some changes to the bike to suit his riding style better and he clearly like them; he looked very comfortable and we were happy to see him in first place in timed practice. Third place in qualifying is a very good result, so hopefully we can build on this positive day and get two strong results tomorrow.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 8   Germany

Qualifying race

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:43.710
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +11.311
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +15.290
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +16.661
5 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +17.650
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +18.323
7 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +19.387
8 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +50.186
9 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +52.583
10 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +54.918
11 Boisrame Mathys 872 FRA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +58.537
12 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +1:00.015
13 Zaragoza Jorge 199 SPA Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha +1:04.985
14 Herbreteau David 338 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:05.465
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1:06.520
16 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:06.570
17 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:07.021
18 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:07.566
19 Koch Tom 226 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +1:12.717
20 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1:15.074
Location Information

Motorsportclub Teutschenthal e.V., Straße des Friedens, Teutschenthal, Germany - View in Google Maps