Calvin Vlaanderen has completed round eight of the 2018 Motocross World Championship with a stellar performance at the MSC Teutschenthal in Germany. With two third-place finishes, Calvin secured his first rostrum finish of the season aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW.

Vlaanderen had a competitive opening lap of the race and was involved in an early battle with Watson and Jacobi for third. Once he got the better of the two, the young South African kept improving his pace and, as the countdown reached five minutes, he narrowed the gap to Prado down to one second. Despite a strong ride in the final laps, Calvin was not able to enter the fight for the win, although he managed to consolidate what was a very positive third place at the line.

The start to race two was not as kind to Vlaanderen, who was forced to make his way past several riders to return into top-five. During the fifth lap, the Team HRC rider made an aggressive but clean pass on Olsen for fourth, and then pulled away while trying to close the six-second gap separating him from third place. Calvin eventually caught and passed the German opponent six laps later after a couple of missed attempts.

Vlaanderen rode brilliantly in the remaining laps and, despite a late-charge by podium contender Ben Watson, he was able to keep third place and score his first rostrum finish of the season.

MX2 will return to action in two weekends’ time at Matterley Basin in Great Britain.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It was a great day. I’m very happy to be on the podium for the first time this season. We had two solid motos with good starts, good riding and good speed; the bike was really working perfectly, so thanks to the team for the great job. It’s good to put the team for the first time in the box, and I hope from now on I’ll be able to do it again many more times.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

What can I say, if not ‘well done, kiddo.’ Calvin had a very solid weekend and rode very smartly today. The track was tricky and there were not many lines available to make passes, so the early pass in race two was key for him and made his life a little bit easier. He rode smoothly for the remaining laps and he was extremely strong in the last two laps. Great job from him and also for the team, who gave him a really competitive bike.

MX2 2018
Race Round 8   Germany

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
23°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:15.756
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.421
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 20 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +3.062
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +4.047
5 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 16 STC Racing Husqvarna +30.914
6 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 15 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +32.752
7 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +33.692
8 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 13 TM Racing Factory Team TM +36.420
9 Boisrame Mathys 872 FRA 12 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +46.183
10 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 11 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +47.923
11 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 10 LRT KTM KTM +51.038
12 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:02.111
13 Covington Thomas 64 USA 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:04.249
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 7 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:08.073
15 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:10.944
16 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 5 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:14.530
17 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 4 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:16.702
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:25.117
19 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 2 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:35.695
20 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 1 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:40.917
MX2 2018
Race Round 8   Germany

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
21°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:32.231
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.017
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 20 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +10.067
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +11.950
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +25.126
6 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +26.579
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 14 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +33.729
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 STC Racing Husqvarna +35.520
9 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 12 LRT KTM KTM +55.600
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:00.888
11 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:04.551
12 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:05.971
13 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:06.970
14 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 7 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:08.428
15 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:17.065
16 Koch Tom 226 GER 5 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:19.510
17 Covington Thomas 64 USA 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:25.843
18 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:36.749
19 Zanotti Andrea 931 RSM 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:37.951
20 Bres Natanael 43 FRA 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:38.702
Location Information

Motorsportclub Teutschenthal e.V., Straße des Friedens, Teutschenthal, Germany - View in Google Maps