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.