Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen has secured a seventh-gate pick for tomorrow’s two MX2 races of the MXGP of Great Britain, which is currently taking place at Matterley Basin in southern England. The 21-year-old ran as high as fifth aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine around the fast and spectacular hard-pack track.

Today’s ninth-round qualifying moto for the quarter-litre world championship class did not start well for Vlaanderen, who found himself in the middle of the back after a not-perfect start out of the gate. Calvin brilliantly made his way past several opponents in the first corners of the encounter and was already up to eighth as the opening lap drew to a close. He then moved further up to fifth during the following lap and maintained the position, while battling hard to fend off the attacks coming from fellow Honda rider Hunter Lawrence, who passed him on lap six.

With two laps left to go, Vlaanderen lost one more place to Jed Beaton, but still managed to defend his seventh position up to the chequered flag. The two British MX2 motos of the year will get underway tomorrow at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +1).

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

We got through Saturday alright, I think. Seventh in qualifying race was not so good, but we had good feeling on the track in the race, I just didn’t have the speed as the other guys and I got passed a few times. However, I’m looking forward to tomorrow and to have fun on the track: the bike is working well, so I think with two good starts and two good races we’ll be up there battling for the podium.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin did not manage to get into a good rhythm during the race after a poor start, and that cost him a couple of places towards the end. We made some set-up changes ahead of the qualifying race, which helped a little bit, but the track is very high speed and it’s difficult to overtake. We definitely need two good starts tomorrow if we want to battle for good results.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 9   Great Britain

Qualifying race

Sunny and Dry
Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 26:32.136
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.044
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +7.270
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +12.487
5 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +13.580
6 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +14.388
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +19.818
8 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +25.368
9 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +28.663
10 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +35.801
11 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +36.881
12 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +38.185
13 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +44.223
14 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR Wildcard Rider Honda +46.619
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +46.992
16 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +49.012
17 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +49.094
18 Weltin Marshal 56 USA Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +56.602
19 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +1:01.509
20 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:03.863
Location Information

matterley basin, Lower Baybridge Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom - View in Google Maps