Calvin Vlaanderen has wrapped up his MXGP of France with a fifth-place finish in the second moto of the MX2 World Championship at Saint Jean d’Angely. With the championship reaching its halfway point, the Team HRC rider still lies fifth in the standings ahead of the team’s home round at Ottobiano – the third of three back-to-back events for the series.

The first part of the day was not as kind to the 21-year-old South African rider, who was only 12th at the chequered flag of race one after a poor start to the encounter, a small crash and a challenging ride over the the deep ruts and stones of the French track.

The second race saw Vlaanderen get a good jump out of the gate aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine and race through the first corners in sixth place. He then moved up to fourth and set his sights on third place but a coming together – brilliantly saved – with Cervellin cost him a couple of positions.

Calvin eventually managed to pass the Italian rider for fifth place – which was also his overall finish at the MXGP of France.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Our GP of France overall was not what we wanted, but it wasn’t too bad either. I didn’t feel too comfortable with the bike in race one, especially due to the harsh track conditions; I crashed on the first lap and I could only get back to twelfth. I was a bit disappointed with the result, but in the second moto I felt a lot better. My start was good and I was riding strong, but I had a very spectacular incident with Cervellin – and somehow I managed to keep it on two wheels. It took some time to build some speed again, but I managed to finish within the top-five and end the day with a bit of a high.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We are leaving France without the type of result we came here for, but we have some positives to carry into the next round at Ottobiano. Race one was difficult, but Calvin showed what he’s made of in the second moto as he rode well and finished with a good result despite the collision with Cervellin – which cost him a couple of positions. The next track on the calendar is a sandy one, which on paper should suit Calvin’s style a bit better, and it’s also the team’s home round, so we look forward to it.

MX2 2018
Race Round 10   France

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
21°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 35:58.425
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.573
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.910
4 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +11.808
5 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +15.171
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +31.713
7 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 14 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +57.033
8 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 13 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:00.917
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:03.209
10 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 11 LRT KTM KTM +1:09.790
11 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 10 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:11.832
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:12.837
13 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 8 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:14.123
14 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:37.504
15 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 6 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:51.195
16 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 5 KTM Silver Action KTM +2:06.121
17 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 4 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +2:21.852
18 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1 Lap
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 2 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 Lap
20 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 1 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 Lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 10   France

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
21°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:19.853
2 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +3.163
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +5.751
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.352
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +18.444
6 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +22.634
7 Watson Ben 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +23.243
8 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 13 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +34.681
9 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 12 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +35.047
10 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 11 KTM Silver Action KTM +47.071
11 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +48.584
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +53.433
13 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 8 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:00.816
14 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:06.179
15 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 6 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1:48.556
16 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 5 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:53.480
17 Gole Anton 297 SWE 4 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:58.366
18 Bourdon Anthony 945 FRA 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 2 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
20 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 1 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 lap
Location Information

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