Calvin Vlaanderen scored a fifth-place finish in today’s qualifying race of the opening round of the 2018 MX2 season, which is currently underway at Villa La Angostura in Argentina.

Today’s result came at the end of a very encouraging day for the 21-year-old South African rider, who was previously third and fifth, respectively, in the free and timed practice sessions aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW machine #10.

Vlaanderen had a satisfactory start to the race but found himself stuck on the inside line at the first corner and was forced to give up a good number of positions. After crossing the line in 15th place at the end of lap one, he started an impressive charge to the front which culminated in a successful overtaking manoeuvre for fifth on Darian Sanayei during the penultimate lap.

MX2 action will resume tomorrow morning at 10:25 local time (GMT -3) with the 15 minute warm up session, which will be followed by the two opening races of the season at 12:15 and 15:10.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Overall it was a good day, I’m happy with the result of the qualifying race. We worked well as a team and we were able to make some good steps forward between the two practice sessions and the qualifying race. There’s always excitement and a bit of nerves too before the first GP, but I’m happy we got the day out of the way smoothly and safely. We did what we have to do and we have a good gate pick for tomorrow, so I’m feeling good; the bike works well and I hope we can get a better start in the races and get in the mix at the front of the field.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We’re quite happy with today’s result. Calvin has performed consistently well throughout the day. He didn’t get the perfect start to the qualifying race, but then he got up to speed and showed great form on track, which is important. The track is really fast and quite sketchy, so I think as a team we did a good job. The bike works well and we only need some fine-tuning, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s two races.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 1   Argentina

MX2 Qualifying Race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24'47.569
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.321
3 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +12.151
4 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +21.926
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 Honda +27.266
6 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +29.347
7 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.985
8 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +40.054
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +43.362
10 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +43.727
11 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +44.581
12 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +49.424
13 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +53.277
14 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +56.370
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1'01.357
16 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1'06.801
17 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1'08.813
18 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +1'17.725
19 Souza Gustavo 891 BRA Wildcard Rider Honda +1'21.085
20 Weltin Marshal 56 USA Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1'28.480
21 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna 1 lap
22 Vasquez Javier 194 CHI Wildcard Rider Honda 1 lap
23 Righi Luciano 133 ARG Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 lap
24 Seibel Pablo Julian 375 ARG Wildcard Rider Honda 1 lap
25 Villaronga Sergio 276 CHI Wildcard Rider KTM 1 lap
26 Toro Lautaro 833 ARG Wildcard Rider Kawasaki 1 lap
27 Bratschi German 122 ARG Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 lap
28 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 5 laps
29 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna 5 laps
30 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 13 laps
31 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 14 laps
32 Dunka Lucas 934 BRA Wildcard Rider Honda 14 laps
Location Information

Neuquen, Argentina - View in Google Maps