Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen put in a good performance on board his Honda CRF250RW to put himself in a strong position heading into tomorrow’s main motos at the 2019 MXGP of China in Shanghai.

After placing second in free practice and then fourth in timed practice, Vlaanderen had a great jump out of the gate, rounding the first bend in second place as he looked to pressure the one rider in front. Unfortunately a couple of small mistakes meant that he actually dropped three positions on the first lap but he maintained his composure and looked to settle into a good rhythm. After four laps, Vlaanderen started making moves and within two more laps he was into a solid third position, which is where he crossed the line. This gives him one better gate pick than the qualification race, so he has high hopes that a couple more good starts should see him back on the podium, which would be special occasion at the first ever Chinese MXGP event.

The #10 rider will be able to put that into practice when his first gate drops at 12:10 local time, with race two getting underway 15:10 on Sunday 15th September.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The track here in Shanghai is fine, maybe a bit one-lined in our MX2 class because not many people riding before us but I had fun out there and had good feeling all day. I got a good start in my qualification race after fourth gate pick, moving right into second place. However I made a couple of mistakes on that first lap which cost me three spots but as I settled into the race I made two passes and finished third at the chequered flag. I feel good out there, physically I feel and we’re just going to tweak a couple of things on the bike and that should hopefully make things even better so we can come out swinging tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was another good ride from Calvin, just like he showed in the previous rounds. It was good to see him get a good start as well and if he does the same tomorrow we are sure he can get back on the podium, like he was in Sweden where he won the second moto.

MX2 2019
Qualifying Round 18   China

Qualification Race

Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 25:02.251
2 Vialle Tom 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17.493
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 29.568
4 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 44.519
5 Evans Mitch 43 AUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda 45.877
6 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 47.400
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 52.916
8 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team Yamaha 54.480
9 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Team Diga-Procross KTM 57.782
10 Van de Moosdijk Roan 39 NDL F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:00.515
11 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:02.931
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA MGR Motocross Team KTM 1:05.830
13 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 1:14.590
14 Forato Alberto 303 ITA SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 1:19.120
15 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:50.568
16 Papenmeier Larissa 423 GER Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1 Lap
17 Wang Ke 519 CHI Wildcard Rider Yamaha 3 Laps
18 Pu Yang 181 CHI Wildcard Rider Yamaha 3 Laps
19 Hu Bolin 909 CHI Wildcard Rider Honda 3 Laps
20 Peng Yongming 42 CHI Wildcard Rider Honda 3 Laps
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