Calvin Vlaanderen put his Honda CRF250RW in a strong position after finishing in second place in Lommel, at the MXGP of Belgium. He continued his good speed from the Czech Republic but also showed consistency and smooth riding, holding off those behind him to finish with second gate pick for the main motos tomorrow.

Despite missing a week of testing, as he recovered from a shoulder injury, Vlaanderen quickly got up to speed in the deep sand and posted the fourth fastest time in timed practice. With a good gate pick, his CRF250RW powered him down the start straight to round the first bend in third, moving into second quickly after that. With riders close behind him for most of the race, the Team HRC resisted all the pressure and made very few mistakes as he rode to an impressive second place finish and he’ll be hoping for more of the same on Sunday in the slightly longer points scoring races.

Tomorrow, Vlaanderen has a warm up session at 10:25am, which is then followed by the two main races at 12:15 and 15:10 where he will be looking to get back on the podium with two good motos.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The day started off pretty good, which was a bit of a surprise as I wasn’t able to ride this week after hurting some ligaments in my shoulder during the incident in the Czech GP. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as we’d also changed a lot of things on the bike but it worked well and I gelled with the CRF250RW right away so I was comfortable in free and timed practice. I posted the fourth best time in timed practice and that gave me a good gate pick which allowed me to start well and place third around the first bend. I passed into second on the first lap but I wasn’t quite able to keep up with the leader but I was riding my own race and concentrating on riding smooth. I do think we can change a few things though and it can go even better tomorrow so I’m looking forward to trying to improve.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was great to see Calvin riding so well in these sandy conditions, especially after missing training with his shoulder problem. We weren’t sure how he’d do but he showed once again he is one of the fastest riders in the MX2 class on any surface and he rode really well. We are hopeful that he can perform at this level tomorrow and get up on the podium once again and show he is one of the best 250cc sand riders.

MX2 2019
Qualifying Round 14   Belgium

Qualification Race

Cloudy
Air Temp
21°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 26:13.692
2 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda 23.599
3 Vialle Tom 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 26.974
4 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 27.669
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 30.901
6 Jacobi Henry 29 GER F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 46.510
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 59.719
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:06.268
9 Genot Cyril BEL Wildcard Rider KTM 1:10.759
10 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1:22.820
11 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:28.893
12 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 2:01.841
13 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 2:03.002
14 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 2:22.986
15 Sandner Michael 766 AUT Wildcard Rider KTM 1Lap
16 Carpenter James 484 GBR Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 Lap
17 Furbetta Joakin 275 ITA Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 Lap
18 Pancar Jan 253 SLO Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1 Lap
19 Griekspoor Lars 299 NDL Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
20 Hauquier Jeremy 818 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps