Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen put together a solid performance in today’s qualifying race at Águeda in Portugal, as he crossed the line in sixth place aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW.

After earning an encouraging fourth gate pick in timed practice, Vlaanderen got off to a brilliant start and was second as the MX2 field attacked the first turn of the moto. Soon enough, the young South African was reached by Jonass, who overtook him on lap two. Calvin kept the reigning champion in sight for a while and rode past him as the opponent crashed unhurt two laps later.

With seven minutes left on the clock, a three-way battle for second place sparked, with Vlaanderen under attack from Olsen and a resurgent Jonass. The 21-year-old from Cape Town rode hard in the remaining laps – despite a painful shoulder from last Sunday’s crash at Arco – and was sixth at the chequered flag.

The two MX2 races of the MXGP of Portugal will get underway tomorrow at 14:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +1) and will be preceded by the 15-minute warm up session at 10:25.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Overall it wasn’t a bad day. We had a good free practice session and an even better timed practice. The track is not easy as it’s soft in a lot of lines and has deep ruts, but I felt good nevertheless. I had a great start to the qualifying race and was second in the early part of the moto, but after Jonass crashed in front of me I was unable to find the right rhythm and lines again – I was fighting the track. We’ll analyse the race together and come up with a plan for tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin did a great job today. He got a good launch off the gate, which is important given the incidents at Arco, and he only had some issues at the end of the moto, when he was struggling with a loss of power in his shoulder and arm – from his crash six days ago. He did well and I’m sure he’ll be up there tomorrow, and with some fine tuning we’ll play our chances in both races.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 5   Portugal

Qualifying race

Air Temp
Track Cond
Red clay
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:47.557
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.169
3 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +5.141
4 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +8.010
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +8.830
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +19.790
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +37.611
8 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +38.032
9 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +38.053
10 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +39.582
11 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +48.582
12 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +52.793
13 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +53.891
14 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +58.092
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1:00.651
16 Herbreteau David 338 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:02.413
17 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:03.633
18 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:05.063
19 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:06.426
20 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:07.633
Location Information

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