The MXGP of Belgium saw Calvin Vlaanderen’s podium streak come to an end as the Team HRC rider was sixth overall at Lommel with a fifth and a seventh in the two MX2 World Championship motos aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW. With fifteen events out of twenty completed for the season, the 22-year-old from Cape Town still sits fifth in the standings, now just nine points shy of fourth place.

Vlaanderen maintained his qualifying position at the start of the first moto but was promoted to fourth place on lap ten when reigning champion Pauls Jonass crashed out of second. Calvin was eventually caught again by the Latvian rider, who passed him two laps later; he then tried to stay with his opponent and that helped him consolidate his position at the chequered flag.

Calvin was running in the top-five again at the start of the second moto. However, moments after he moved up to fourth place on Conrad Mewse, he crashed unhurt and re-joined in eighth position. He soon moved past Marshal Weltin for seventh and began his chase of Ben Watson. He eventually passed the British rider on lap eight before overtaking Mewse again moments later, but then his pace dropped and by lap 12 he was down to eighth place again. He eventually crossed the line seventh at the end of an exhausting final MX2 race at Lommel.

The MX2 World Championship will return to action in two weeks at Frauenfeld in Switzerland (18-19 August).

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I’m not too disappointed with today’s result. Yes, it could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse, too. I fought hard the whole day and did my best, and I feel I couldn’t have done a lot better than this. I put it down in the second moto, which was my fault: they kind of made the outside of the track flat while the inside was very rough, so I landed completely in the middle, my front washed and fell down. I had quite a good rhythm before that and I was happy with my speed, but afterwards it was nearly impossible to get up to speed again. Fifth and seventh is not really what we want, but we’ll keep working hard and fight. I look forward to Switzerland!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was not an easy day for Calvin and we all saw it. But even though he was not able to be as consistently quick as in previous rounds, he showed good speed and came away with a decent overall result. To be honest, if this is the type of performance we are getting on a bad day, then we can keep smiling and look positively to the upcoming rounds. I’m sure he’ll be back on the pace in Switzerland and the whole team is looking forward to seeing that.

MX2 2018
Race Round 15   Belgium

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
32°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:59.736
2 Covington Thomas 64 USA 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +11.439
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.141
4 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +31.144
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +33.899
6 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +45.443
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +56.360
8 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 13 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:02.821
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 12 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:07.739
10 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 11 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:11.923
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:16.073
12 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:19.712
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:41.230
14 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:51.011
15 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 6 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +2:34.304
16 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 5 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1 lap
17 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 4 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1 lap
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz KTM +1 lap
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 2 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 1 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1 lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 15   Belgium

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Deep sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:51.222
2 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +4.083
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.715
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.133
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +24.378
6 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +39.784
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +52.172
8 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 13 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +59.965
9 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:06.985
10 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:21.222
11 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 10 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:23.270
12 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:23.334
13 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 8 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:27.866
14 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 7 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:52.013
15 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 6 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
16 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
17 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 4 STC Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz KTM +1 lap
19 Gole Anton 297 SWE 2 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 1 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1 lap
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps