Calvin Vlaanderen scored a pair of seventh places in today’s two third-round MX2 races at the RedSand MX Park in Spain, to claim 8th overall in the MXGP of La Comunitat Valenciana. Courtesy of today’s results, the 21-year-old from Cape Town moves up to 9th position in the championship standings.

Vlaanderen got off to a solid start in the opening race as he rode through turn one in seventh place aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine. The tall South African rider maintained his position in the early part of the encounter and after the situation settled, following a short but chaotic battle involving several riders, he managed to make a successful pass on Samuele Bernardini for sixth. As the MX2 riders entered the final part of the moto, Vlaanderen returned to his previous position after being overtaken by Darian Sanayei on lap 14.

Race 2 began with Vlaanderen 11th as the MX2 field attacked the first part of lap one. Soon enough, Calvin entered the top 3 and then moved past fellow Honda rider Vas Vaessen. After spending the majority of the race in eighth place, Vlaanderen closed in on Conrad Mewse to take seventh place on the fourth-last lap and successfully defended it up to the finish line.

The fourth event of the 2018 MX2 World Championship will be contested at Pietramurata (Italy) in a fortnight’s time.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Overall I can say that I’m pretty satisfied with today’s results after having been very sick for the last two weeks – and therefore being unable to ride the bike as much I would have liked to. We had two good starts and two solid motos, with consistent lap-times and good speed. I think it’s a good weekend to build on: we learned a lot about the bike and gelled even more as a team, so I’m looking forward to working hard so I can be ready for Arco in two weeks.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It has been a positive day for Calvin. He felt good with the bike and had good starts in both races. As I already mentioned, this is a very fast track where it’s hard to overtake, so it takes time, a lot of speed and a perfect manoeuvre to get past your opponents here. Eighth overall is not a bad result all things considered, so we now look forward to the next race in Italy.

MX2 2018
Race Round 3   Spain

Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Humidity
47%
Air Temp
13°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:20.628
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.886
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +5.319
4 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 18 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +6.553
5 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +7.313
6 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 15 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +11.488
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +16.544
8 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +23.234
9 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 12 TM Racing Factory Team TM +38.655
10 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +42.637
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 10 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +46.180
12 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 9 STC Racing Husqvarna +43.540
13 Zaragoza Jorge 199 SPA 8 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha +48.586
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +50.502
15 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 6 LRT KTM KTM +53.259
16 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 5 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:03.175
17 Covington Thomas 64 USA 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +59.401
18 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 3 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:04.290
19 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 2 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:05.663
20 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 1 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:05.989
MX2 2018
Race Round 3   Spain

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Humidity
50%
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:59.912
2 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 22 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +7.775
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +12.139
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.556
5 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +22.616
6 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +29.097
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +30.329
8 Watson Ben 919 GBR 13 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +33.527
9 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 12 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +41.595
10 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +52.751
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 10 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +57.313
12 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +58.389
13 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 8 LRT KTM KTM +1:07.539
14 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:09.507
15 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 6 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:10.075
16 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 5 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:13.648
17 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 4 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:14.855
18 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:18.474
19 Covington Thomas 64 USA 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:21.935
20 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 1 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:27.204
Location Information

Red Sand, Plaça Pol Industrial II, 247, 12192 Vilafamés, Castellón, Spain - View in Google Maps