Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen completed the opening day of action of the MXGP of Europe by claiming eleventh place in today’s qualifying race of the MX2 class. The encounter took place in freezing temperatures at Valkenswaard’s Eurocircuit, with snow adding an extra challenge to the riders competing in the category.

Vlaanderen did not enjoy the best of starts after having the tenth gate pick, and was running in 17th place after the opening lap was completed by the MX2 field. The young South African rider, however, managed to recover a handful of spots in the early stages and with twelve minutes left he was running solidly in eleventh place aboard his Honda CRF250RW. He then maintained his position for the remaining laps as he crossed the line 11 seconds ahead of the next rider.

The MX2 class will be back in action tomorrow morning at 10:25 local time (GMT +1) for the 15-minute warm up, which will be followed by the two second-round races at 13:15 and 16:10.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It wasn’t my best day at the office, I would say. I didn’t feel comfortable since free practice; I must say I’m also a little bit sick, and surely this has played some part in today’s performance. I got a good jump off the gate in the qualifying race but I got bogged down because it was quite wet. My rhythm was more similar to training than racing, but hopefully tomorrow things will go in a different way so that I’ll be able to show my true speed again.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin got a good start but got stuck a little bit in a soft spot after the gate, which surely didn’t help. He struggled a little to get up to speed so he could not stay close to the riders, but that can happen. He now needs to rest – as he’s a little bit sick - regroup and focus on tomorrow; he needs two good start and a different type of pace if he wants to get nearer the front of the field. We have a couple of set-up changes in mind following his feedback and hopefully these will give him fresh confidence ahead of the races.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 2   Netherlands


Snowy / Wet
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 24:54.845
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +04.006
3 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +07.725
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.134
5 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +39.236
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +52.116
7 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +54.488
8 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +55.994
9 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +56.666
10 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:13.319
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:20.642
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:32.242
13 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:41.681
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:44.196
15 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:55.341
16 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:55.960
17 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +2:08.440
18 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 Lap
19 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1 Lap
20 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
21 Herbreteau David 338 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 Lap
22 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1 Lap
23 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
24 Agard-Michelsen Sander 129 NOR iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
25 Koch Tom 226 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +1 Lap
26 Weltin Marshal 56 USA Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 Lap
Location Information

Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps