Calvin Vlaanderen has secured the sixth gate pick for tomorrow’s two MX2 World Championship races at Semarang, where the MXGP of Asia is currently being contested. The sole standard bearer of Team HRC for the class rode smartly around the high-speed, hard-pack 1.750km brand-new Indonesian motocross racetrack aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine, putting himself in a solid position ahead of the thirteenth race day of the 2018 season.

Calvin was seventh a brace of turns after the start but soon moved up to fifth during the opening lap of the moto. He then dropped one position to Thomas Covington and did not manage to stay close to the American. As the race progressed, Vlaanderen found himself on a lonely ride; his pace, however, was quick enough to keep Anthony Rodriguez at bay as the Venezuelan tried to close the gap in the final stages of the encounter.

MX2 action will continue tomorrow with the 15-minute warm up at the usual time of 10:20, with the two races moved one hour forward compared to the European schedule – and will begin at 12:15 and 15:10 local time (GMT +7).

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The race went well. The track is good, very fast but with deep ruts and few spots where to overtake; it was also hot out there so my priority was to get a good gate-pick without wasting too much energy or taking any unnecessary risk. I feel good on the bike and ready physically and mentally for tomorrow; it’s going to be a tough race day given the temperatures, but we’ll do our best tomorrow and hopefully we’ll get two strong results.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin rode a smart race and did well in not taking any risks. The track is rough and the temperatures are sky high, so we’re happy with what he did. This track seems to suit his style, so we’re confident he’ll perform at a high level tomorrow. It’s going to be a very demanding race day both physically and mentally, but we’re ready for it.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 13   Indonesia

Qualifying race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:40.845
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.494
3 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +13.480
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +19.305
5 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +29.844
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +32.118
7 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +33.955
8 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +39.748
9 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +52.387
10 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +1:02.610
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:08.376
12 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:17.585
13 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:26.408
14 Roberts Jy 114 AUS Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:56.452
15 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
16 Tjahjadi Diva Ismayana 206 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
17 Pattipi Yosua 281 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
18 Maksum Hilman 204 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
19 Fogarty Morgan 138 AUS Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
Location Information

Semarang, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia - View in Google Maps