Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was twelfth in today’s MX2 qualifying heat at RedBud, the track that is currently hosting the 2018 edition of the Motocross of Nations. With Herlings’s third place in MXGP and Coldenhoff’s win in the OPEN class, team Netherlands was first overall in qualifying with four points accumulated – as Calvin’s result was the one that was dropped.
The day started off well for the 22-year-old from Cape Town, who was second overall in the shortened Free Practice session after being snatched out of the lead in the final seconds by France’s Dylan Ferrandis.
With the morning ballot relegating the Dutch team in 21st place for the qualifying heats, Vlaanderen had a poor start to the moto and found himself at the back of the field entering turn one. By the end of the opening lap, Calvin was already up to 17th position; he steadily continued his comeback and moved up to 12th after passing Marcel Stauffer during lap six. Despite trying hard, he could not manage to make up any more ground before the chequered flag was waved.
The two MXoN races involving the MX2 class will get underway tomorrow at 13:10 (MXGP + MX2) and 14:40 (MX2 + OPEN) local time (GMT -5).
Bold denotes a team with at least one Honda rider