Calvin Vlaanderen and Team HRC have claimed an eighth-place finish in today’s qualifying race for the MX2 class at Saint Jean d’Angely, in what was an unexpected day of sunshine and high temperatures in western France.

After a hesitant start out of the gate, which forced him down to fifteenth place at the end of the opening lap, the young South African rider was able to get up to speed quickly aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine and make up some ground in the early stages of the moto. On lap three, Calvin was already into the top-ten and with three laps to go, he managed to complete a successful overtaking manoeuvre over fellow Honda rider Hunter Lawrence for eighth. With a great final lap, Vlaanderen fended off the Australian’s attacks to maintain his position at the chequered flag.

The MX2 field will get back on track tomorrow morning at 10:25 for the traditional 15-minute warm up, with the two motos of the day scheduled to begin at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +2).

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I didn’t have the best today. I had good feeling with the bike, though, since free practice, so we didn’t make any changes to the bike and we had a good timed practice, too. Unfortunately I had a bad start to the race: I wasn’t ready for the gate to drop so I found myself around 16th/17th place after a few corners, but I made it back to eighth. My riding was good and I had the speed of the top guys, so hopefully tomorrow we can get two good starts and battle at the front.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin didn’t get the best jump out of the gate and was way back at the end of the opening lap, but he did a good job in passing a good number of riders before the finish line. The track is fast and there are not many good spots where to overtake, so the riders at the front normally manage to pull away and create a big gap. Eighth gate-pick is not too bad, so Calvin needs two good starts and some healthy confidence. The team did a good job in giving him a great bike to ride today.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 10   France

Qualifying race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 25:31.406
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.740
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.339
4 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +21.548
5 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +23.429
6 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +23.767
7 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +30.405
8 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +32.346
9 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +33.106
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +36.918
11 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +38.161
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +39.737
13 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +54.266
14 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR Wildcard Rider Honda +1:22.078
15 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:27.116
16 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1:29.888
17 Gole Anton 297 SWE iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:30.808
18 Bourdon Anthony 945 FRA Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:32.477
19 Zanotti Andrea 931 RSM Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:03.446
20 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +1:33.578
Location Information

84 Rue de Poursay, 17400 Mazeray, France - View in Google Maps