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.