Calvin Vlaanderen has put together a very solid performance in qualifying as the MX2 field took part in the opening day of the MXGP of Lombardia at Ottobiano. Under extreme temperatures in northern Italy, the Team HRC rider was third aboard his Honda CRF250RW at the end of the 13-lap moto.

Vlaanderen attacked the first corners of the race the perfect way as he made all the way up to fourth place despite a not-too-perfect start. After dropping down one position, the young South African rider successfully overtook Pootjes for fourth before being promoted to third place when reigning champion Jonass crashed out. Once in third position, Calvin maintained a good pace up to the finish line.

The two MX2 races for the eleventh round of the season will get underway tomorrow at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +2).

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I didn’t have a good feeling with the track in free and timed practice, so I was open-minded getting into the race: I cleared my head, got a good start and rode in the top-five in the first few laps. I made a few passes and then another rider went down, so I finished third. I also tried to save energy for tomorrow as it’s going to be a tough racing day. I’m happy with my riding and my rhythm was good, so I look forward to tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was the kind of Saturday that makes a team happy, as we were able to improve throughout the day after some difficult time in free and time practice. Calvin couldn’t get a good lap-time and was unable to ride as smooth as he normally does, but in the Qualifying race he was aggressive and competitive right from the start. Third place is a good result, so I think we are ready for a hot racing day in Italy!

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 11   Italy

Qualifying Race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 23:58.093
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +7.842
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 Honda +13.121
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +15.931
5 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +23.208
6 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +24.636
7 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +25.513
8 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +27.659
9 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.869
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +35.619
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +38.694
12 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +39.259
13 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +40.400
14 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +42.252
15 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +52.299
16 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +57.182
17 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +1:01.399
18 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:07.363
19 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1:09.590
20 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:11.826
Location Information

Ottobiano, Province of Pavia, Italy - View in Google Maps