Calvin Vlaanderen put in an impressive second moto to spring an unexpected podium result that was just reward for all the speed he has shown since his return from injury. Placing seventh in race one, he knew that he had an outside shot, but a strong second place in race two gave the tie-breaker in his favour and he recorded his best overall placing of the season with second overall.

Once again the Honda CRF250RW rider showed good speed all weekend, placing second in the qualification race on Saturday, as well as positing fast laptimes in the timed sessions. However after a small crash early on in race one, it seemed like it would be a repeat of the Czech Republic last weekend where it looked like he wouldn’t get the results his speed deserved. He did manage to get up to seventh but was frustrated that another round had potentially slipped through his fingers.

However, he didn’t let that affect him for race two and he stormed out of the gate and was quickly into third place. He stayed there for the majority of the moto which would have been good enough for third place, but when a rider in front had to retire, that bumped him up a place and into a thoroughly deserved best result of an injury-hit campaign.

With a weekend off before the next round in Imola, Italy, Vlaanderen has a chance to recover a bit more from his shoulder injury and put in some good testing sessions that will hopefully allow him to once again challenge at the front of the MX2 class on August 24-25.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It was a pretty good day today, although I was definitely disappointed after my first moto when I finished seventh. I had a small crash which dropped me down a few spots and that was frustrating. In the second moto I actually had some fun on the track, even with the tough conditions. My plan is to always have fun and the first moto I really didn’t enjoy it, but in race two things went a lot better. I flowed around the track with a good rhythm and even though I finished second, I didn’t expect to be on the podium. Only when they wrote on my pitboard near the end did I realise and obviously I’m really happy to finish second and have my best overall of the season.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was a crazy second moto for Calvin because after race one we thought a podium would be very difficult to achieve. However, he did everything he could to put himself in that position and he was rewarded for his efforts. Just like in the Czech Republic last weekend, he showed he had the speed but this time out he was able to show he could put in the results too and that was really impressive on this deep sand track. Since his injury he has comeback and ridden really well and it is just great to see his determination out there.

MX2 2019
Race Round 14   Belgium

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:54.715
2 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 20.055
3 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 20 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 27.807
4 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34.538
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 37.015
6 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 15 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 50.010
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 1:03.456
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:29.529
9 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 12 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:41.119
10 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 11 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:53.843
11 Genot Cyril BEL 10 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:56.369
12 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 9 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:58.329
13 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 2:03.821
14 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 7 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1 Lap
15 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 6 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
16 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1 Lap
17 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 4 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
18 Polak Petr 313 CZE 3 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
19 Conijn Marcel 85 NDL 2 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1 Lap
20 Griekspoor Lars 299 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
MX2 2019
Race Round 14   Belgium

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
26°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:57.670
2 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 22 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 17.551
3 Watson Ben 919 GBR 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 35.258
4 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 43.489
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 58.086
6 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:19.186
7 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 14 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:31.085
8 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 13 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:34.925
9 Genot Cyril BEL 12 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:40.207
10 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 11 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:53.087
11 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 10 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:06.436
12 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 2:05.593
13 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 8 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 2:21.677
14 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1 Lap
15 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 6 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1 Lap
16 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 5 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
17 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 4 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1 Lap
18 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1 Lap
19 Pessoa Gustavo 57 BRA 2 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1 Lap
20 Carpenter James 484 GBR 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 Lap
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps