The MXGP of Turkey has not been a kind one to Calvin Vlaanderen, who leaves Afyonkarahisar with a thirteenth and an eighth in the two races and a sore shoulder due to a crash suffered in the first moto. Despite the setback, the Team HRC rider still lies sixth in the championship standings with two rounds to be contested – the first of which will take place in a fortnight’s time at the TT Circuit Assen, in the Netherlands.

Vlaanderen had a poor start to the first moto as he rode past the finish line for the first time in thirteenth place. The 22-year-old managed to get back soon enough into the top-ten, but then got stuck in tenth place for a while behind Michele Cervellin. On lap seven, he had a big moment on the pit-lane straight that led to a big crash and a heavy landing on his right shoulder. After picking up his Honda CRF250RW machine, Calvin re-joined the race in fourteenth position and moved up one place before the finish line.

The sole standard bearer of Team HRC in MX2 was not too quick out of the gates in race two either, running in ninth place before overtaking Bas Vaessen in the early stages of the moto. Despite getting closer to Anthony Rodriguez in the first laps, Calvin struggled in getting up to speed and rode a lonely race up to the chequered flag.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Obviously, I’m quite disappointed with the weekend. I think I just lacked a bit of bike time last week and a bit of confidence, too. We had quite a big crash but I’m lucky to be in one piece. Tenth overall is surely not the best result, but it’s not too bad either. I just want to say thanks to the team for their unconditional support in good and bad times.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Today’s result surely didn’t match our expectations especially after what Calvin was able to show yesterday in terms of speed. Bad race days happen and it’s important to move on and learn from them, in order to be better prepared for the next race. He will have some more time to work on his fitness and I’m sure he’ll show up in Assen with fire in his eyes!

MX2 2018
Race Round 18   Turkey

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 35:10.583
2 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 22 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +2.864
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +9.798
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +12.576
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +20.431
6 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +30.968
7 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +37.418
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 STC Racing Husqvarna +51.496
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 12 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +52.593
10 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +53.798
11 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +57.317
12 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +58.533
13 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 8 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:07.177
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 7 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:17.366
15 Pessoa Gustavo 891 BRA 6 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:31.557
16 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 5 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:44.008
17 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 4 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:46.514
18 Casas Cervera Oriol 312 SPA 3 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 lap
19 Cetin Mustafa 59 TUR 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +4 laps
20 Karaboce Yasin 301 TUR 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +4 laps
MX2 2018
Race Round 18   Turkey

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
28°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 34:43.374
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.148
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.927
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +8.533
5 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +21.677
6 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +28.718
7 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +34.789
8 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 13 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +37.153
9 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 12 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +47.812
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +56.440
11 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +58.842
12 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 9 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:21.081
13 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 8 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:32.689
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 7 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:39.431
15 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:48.096
16 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 5 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1 lap
17 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 4 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +2 laps
18 Casas Cervera Oriol 312 SPA 3 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +4 laps
19 Cetin Mustafa 59 TUR 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +4 laps
20 Karaboce Yasin 301 TUR 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +4 laps
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