Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen has finished sixth in the qualifying race of the MXGP of Turkey, which is currently being contested at the brand-new Afyon Motor Sports Complex in the outskirts of Afyonkarahisar. Aboard his Honda CRF250RW, the 22-year-old from Cape Town showed good speed on what is very a fast but sketchy track, as lines are still developing as the weekend progresses.
After topping the timesheets in timed practice, Vlaanderen got a decent start to the qualifying race and ran in sixth place in the first couple of laps, before overtaking Ben Watson for fifth place and pulling away from the Englishman. Only a lap later, he found himself under attack by Henry Jacobi but managed to stay ahead of the German opponent for a while.
When the two got side by side on lap seven, however, Jacobi forced him out of the track and Calvin had no other choice but to end up in a big puddle of water, before re-joining the moto in seventh place. Despite a small mistake, Vlaanderen did not give up and with two laps to go, he managed to get the better of Watson again and pushed hard to pip Jacobi at the line, but it was a little too late.
MX2 action will resume tomorrow at 10:25 local time, with the two eighteenth-round motos to get underway at 12:15 and 15:10 local time (GMT +3).