In the hot temperatures at Afyonkarahisar, Turkey, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen put himself in contention for another podium position tomorrow by finishing sixth in the qualification race.
With two successful practice sessions under his belt, Vlaanderen had third gate pick as he headed into the qualifier. Choosing the far left gate, he hoped to squeeze round the inside of everyone, but instead he was closed off and had to work his way through the field from around 10th place. As he has proved before at previous rounds, he is highly capable of making the necessary passes and had worked his way into fifth at the halfway stage of the moto. With the riders ahead having a bit of gap, he settled into a solid pace that was allowing him to conserve some energy in what promises to be two hot races tomorrow. Unfortunately with the one lap board out, a back-marker slammed on his brakes right in front of the Honda rider and with nowhere to go, Vlaanderen had an unavoidable collision which left him on the ground. He mounted as quickly as he could but lost one position in the process and now enters tomorrow with sixth gate pick.
Although passing is a lot easier at this facility, Vlaanderen still knows that in order to back up his victory in the second moto at the last round in Uddevalla, he must get out the gate well and that will be his target when he lines up for the races at 12:15 and 15:10 on Sunday 8th September.
|1||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||23:58.615|
|2||Van de Moosdijk Roan||39||NDL||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki||15.813|
|3||Renaux Maxime||959||FRA||Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori||Yamaha||20.600|
|4||Geerts Jago||193||BEL||Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team||Yamaha||24.424|
|5||Vialle Tom||28||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||39.422|
|6||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||Team HRC - MX2||Honda||39.926|
|7||Sterry Adam||811||GBR||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki||41.700|
|8||Boisrame Mathys||172||FRA||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||44.182|
|9||Larranaga Olano Iker||66||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||48.691|
|10||Strubhart Moreau Brian||225||FRA||BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||50.332|
|11||Horgmo Kevin||240||NOR||Wildcard Rider||KTM||1:01.104|
|12||Pichon Zachary||101||FRA||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||1:03.684|
|13||Sikyna Richard||102||SLK||JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:06.610|
|14||Evans Mitchell||43||AUS||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||1:11.515|
|15||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||REVO Husqvarna UK||Husqvarna||1:15.973|
|16||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||1:21.622|
|17||Guadagnini Mattia||121||ITA||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||1:23.286|
|18||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||1:41.565|
|19||Dankers Raivo||410||NDL||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||1:44.265|
|20||Conijn Marcel||85||NDL||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||2:09.935|