Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen enjoyed another solid Saturday of racing today at Sevlievo, the venue hosting the MXGP of Bulgaria. With the fifth-gate pick in his bag, Calvin is looking forward to return to action tomorrow as the two, seventeenth-round MX2 races will get underway tomorrow at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +3).

After a brace of encouraging results in the first two sessions of the day – he was fifth and third, respectively, in free and timed practice – the 22-year-old from Cape Town got a good start to the race as he hit the brakes of his Honda CRF250RW machine on the inside line at turn one. On top of the second uphill section, Calvin made a great pass for fourth place but then lost the position soon afterwards due to a small mistake.

The standard bearer of Honda Racing Corporation in the quarter-litre class of MXGP maintained a solid pace and rode smartly, while making sure to keep at bay Hunter Lawrence, when the fellow-Honda rider narrowed the gap down to one second. Today’s fifth place grants Vlaanderen a good gate-pick for tomorrow, for what will be another hot day of racing in north-central Bulgaria.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I’m quite happy with day one here in Bulgaria. I had a good feeling in free and timed practice. I had a good start and was happy with that but made a kind of mistake on the first lap and got passed. In the first two laps I kind of struggled to find a good rhythm but then I managed to get up to speed and ride at my own pace. I need to find some lines for passing because otherwise it’s going to be tough tomorrow. If we get two good starts, we know we can run at the front.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin had a very positive day. Fifth place is not too bad, plus he got a good start - even though he was pushed out of line at turn one. He showed he has the speed and that’s the most important thing. The team worked hard and did everything right; the bike is performing well and Calvin loves this track so we can say we are ready for battle here in Sevlievo.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 17   Bulgaria

Qualifyig 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 25:08.671
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.615
3 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +4.281
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.340
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +18.398
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +25.301
7 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +39.556
8 Weltin Marshal 56 USA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +43.879
9 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +45.777
10 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +50.288
11 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +52.407
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +54.945
13 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +57.921
14 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +58.708
15 Sandner Michael 766 AUT Wildcard Rider KTM +1:22.617
16 Koch Tom 226 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +1:33.424
17 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:37.289
18 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:38.350
19 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1:41.461
20 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1:47.558
Location Information

44, 5401 Sevlievo, Bulgaria - View in Google Maps