Calvin Vlaanderen had a bumpy start to the MXGP of Latvia following a first turn-incident in today’s qualifying race for the MX2 class; the crash forced the Team HRC rider to a strenuous recovery, as Calvin did his utmost to salvage the best possible gate pick for tomorrow’s opening moto at Kegums.

After two strong finishes to free and timed practice – he was third in both sessions – Vlaanderen did not enjoy a competitive start to the race and, as the pack reached turn one, he found himself stuck on the inside line with a few other opponents and ended up dropping the bike in the sand.

Vlaanderen managed to jump back aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine and, by the end of lap six, he was already up to 17th place. Calvin’s charge, however, did not stop there: as the MX2 field approached the penultimate lap, he made his way back into the top-ten and eventually finished the moto in tenth position.

The two, seventh-round MX2 races will get underway tomorrow at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +3), after the morning’s warm up scheduled at 10:25.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Overall it wasn’t the worst of days for us. I had a good feeling in free practice and timed practice, and then in the qualifying race I went down at turn one due to someone else crashing in front of me. It took a while to pick the bike up, but I managed to get back strong, making good passes and ended up within the top-ten. We have a good gate pick for tomorrow, so we can aim at a strong result.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We’re happy with Calvin’s performance: he managed to ride at a competitive pace in all sessions today, although his bad start affected his qualifying race quite a lot. We surely have to avoid this tomorrow if we want to have a shot at the podium: we know he has the speed to go for it and he really loves this track – even in its reversed configuration – so we look forward to seeing what he’ll be able to achieve tomorrow.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 7   Latvia

Results Session

Sunny & 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 24:09.314
2 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +6.149
3 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +16.130
4 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +18.654
5 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +25.607
6 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +31.270
7 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +42.455
8 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +44.122
9 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +46.279
10 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +47.834
11 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +49.862
12 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +56.365
13 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +59.824
14 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:00.326
15 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +1:02.405
16 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:03.772
17 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:04.027
18 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:05.446
19 Weltin Marshal 56 USA Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:06.376
20 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +1:10.625
Location Information

Zelta Zirgs mototrase, Rembates pagasts, Ķegums Municipality, Latvia - View in Google Maps