Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen scored his first MX2 overall podium of the season, just two rounds after coming back from his ankle injury. After a fifth in race once, the CRF250RW rider knew he had to ride extremely well in race two to make it on the box, but that’s exactly what he was able to do at the Semarang circuit in Java, Indonesia.

Despite similar conditions to yesterdays’ qualifying moto, Vlaanderen was able to battle the heat and the tricky track surface to ride through the field in both races, proving that his resilience is there, even if he is still not back to being 100%. In the first moto he ended the first lap in eighth place, before settling into a solid pace that allowed him to close up to those in front. He made three paces in the space of five laps but couldn’t quite get any further as time expired, ending the race in fifth place.

A better start in race two meant that he was looking good for a podium spot if he could just make a couple more passes. The riders around him also needed to make passes for their podium aspirations, but Vlaanderen wasn’t to be denied, finishing in an impressive third place and taking the last spot on the podium. After starting the season with three fourth place overall’s in a row, this result was well deserved and a great way to head into the final third of the 2019 season.

The next round of the world motocross championship takes place in Loket, Czech Republic on July 27-28, which is another track that Vlaanderen likes after winning a moto last year and finishing second overall. With another couple of weeks of riding, he’ll be hoping to come out swinging once again and work his way even further towards the front of this MX2 class.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

In one way this podium was a bit of a surprise, but in another way, I feel like I’ve ridden well enough this year to have deserved to be on the box before. Obviously it is only my second race back from injury so I feel like I can improve even further both in speed and in my physical condition but I did feel really good this weekend. I tried to save a little bit of energy from yesterday, to make sure I could ride better today and it worked out well. I could push in both motos, which I couldn’t last weekend so already I have improved in one week so I just want to continue building and building. It was fun to be out there, with some good battles in both races and I enjoyed the whole weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Before we came to Indonesia, we weren’t really sure how Calvin would come back and perform, but we have been really pleased how well he has done. His fourth place in race one at Palembang was good, but to put in two strong motos here and to get the third place that he needed to get, showed how strong-willed he is, as well as how fast he can ride. We are really excited now for the rest of the year, especially for the next round in Loket where we know he can ride well after his moto win in 2018.

MX2 2019
Race Round 12   Indonesia

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
32°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 35:45.473
2 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 11.411
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 14.405
4 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 16.869
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 21.914
6 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 15 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 25.846
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 26.182
8 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 13 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 36.313
9 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 45.831
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 55.630
11 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 10 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 59.664
12 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 9 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:02.579
13 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 8 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 1:07.449
14 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 7 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:08.722
15 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:09.598
16 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 5 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:33.976
17 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 Lap
18 Tjahjadi Diva Ismayana 206 IDN 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 6 Laps
19 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 2 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 13 Laps
MX2 2019
Race Round 12   Indonesia

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
30°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 34:45.752
2 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 22 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 3.916
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 20 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 7.887
4 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 11.826
5 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 16 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 13.925
6 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 14.813
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 28.841
8 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 13 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 42.207
9 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 44.253
10 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 11 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 44.854
11 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 45.298
12 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:06.268
13 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 8 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:45.219
14 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 7 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 Lap
15 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 6 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1 Lap
16 Tjahjadi Diva Ismayana 206 IDN 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 4 Laps
17 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 4 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 13 Laps
18 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 3 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 18 Laps
19 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 2 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 18 Laps
Location Information

Semarang, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia - View in Google Maps