Calvin Vlaanderen had a challenging day at the office in what was the final race day of the 2018 MX2 World Championship. Under the sun shining over Imola’s Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the Team HRC rider had to work hard to find his way through the pack after yesterday’s DNF in qualifying and was 12th and eighth at the flag in the two motos.

Calvin had a good jump out of the gate but, due to the poor gate-pick after yesterday’s retirement, he was only 22nd out of the first corner of race one. By the end of lap five, Vlaanderen was in the middle of a fierce battle halfway through the field in 14th position. He then rode his own race to finish 12th at the flag.

Race two unfolded in a very similar way for the 22-year-old from Cape Town, who had the near-impossible task of making his way through the pack at the start from the most-outside gate. On lap seven, Vlaanderen overtook Jacobi for twelfth place and was quickly promoted to eleventh when Marshal Weltin crashed out of the encounter. But before the chequered flag was deployed, he managed to pass Brian Strubhart Moreau and Richard Sikyna to finish eighth.

Vlaanderen’s first season with Team HRC ends with a sixth place in the final championship standings and six podiums (one win, one second and three thirds). He will now make a quick stop at home before flying to USA to represent the Netherlands at the 2018 MX of Nations, which will begin in less than a week (6-7 October) at Red Bud, Michigan.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The 2018 MX2 season is over and obviously today things didn’t go our way. We were ninth overall, however, which is not too bad considering the gate-pick that I had. I came through the pack quite well in both races, but I just didn’t have enough for the top-five in race two. It is what it is: we will take it and we will learn from it, and it’s still good experience for next season. We finished sixth overall this year with five podiums and one overall win, which is the best result so far in my career. I’m really happy with it and look forward to staying with the team and working with all my crew. It’s been an awesome year, so thanks to everyone at Team HRC for it.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin’s season was a very encouraging one and we have seen glimpses of championship-winning talent with his outstanding performances in Indonesia. Today was a hard day at the office for him as he almost had the last gate-pick, but he fought hard and bravely through the pack to claim ninth overall in GP and sixth in the championship standings. It’s a very good first year of our partnership and we look forward to next season as I think we can improve our performance and results even more. A huge thank you goes to the all the team: it has been a long year, but they delivered in every way all along.

MX2 2018
Race Round 20   Italy

Race 1

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 33:49.364
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.043
3 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 20 STC Racing Husqvarna +36.879
4 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 18 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +39.380
5 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 16 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +44.867
6 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +48.945
7 Covington Thomas 64 USA 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +50.601
8 Watson Ben 919 GBR 13 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +56.013
9 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:02.653
10 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:04.280
11 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 10 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:05.086
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:07.192
13 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 8 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:08.131
14 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:08.826
15 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 6 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:10.645
16 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 5 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:12.469
17 Goupillon Pierre 720 FRA 4 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:14.838
18 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 3 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:16.510
19 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA 2 Italian Factory KTM +1:24.278
20 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 1 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:30.784
MX2 2018
Race Round 20   Italy

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
23°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 34:00.879
2 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 22 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +2.164
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.652
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.136
5 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +20.887
6 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 15 TM Racing Factory Team TM +28.846
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 14 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +33.265
8 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 13 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +34.859
9 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 12 STC Racing Husqvarna +42.038
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +42.743
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 10 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +45.754
12 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 9 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +51.487
13 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +55.082
14 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 7 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki +57.523
15 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +58.700
16 Watson Ben 919 GBR 5 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:00.701
17 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:02.390
18 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:14.817
19 Koch Tom 226 GER 2 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:19.588
20 Goupillon Pierre 720 FRA 1 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:21.293
Location Information

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