Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen showed good speed all weekend at the MXGP of the Czech Republic, posting times in the top two in all the practice sessions and even riding inside the top four for the majority of the two races. Unfortunately though, he wasn’t quite able to translate this speed into podium results and instead had to settle for seventh overall after nine-five race results.

Getting a good start in race one at the Loket facility, the Honda CRF250RW rider was stuck in third place for the first 11 laps, unable to find a passing spot for the rider ahead, which would then have allowed him to go for the leader. Instead, on the twelfth lap as he looked to sweep around the outside, the two riders lines came together and both ended up on the ground. Vlaanderen was able to remount, but he’d lost seven spots in the incident and despite making one more pass, finished the race in ninth place.

It was similar story in race two as Vlaanderen rounded the first bend in fourth place. It took him eight laps to move into third and as he once again set his sights on the top two, a small mistake cost him a few positions and he dropped to sixth. He quickly moved back to fifth but any chance of a podium had gone and instead he had to settle for seventh overall. Still, there were a lot of positives to take out from the weekend and he’ll be looking to show similar speed next weekend when the series heads to the deep sand of Lommel, Belgium on August 3-4.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It wasn’t a great pair of races to be honest. I’m a bit disappointed with the results, but I’m happy with my riding. I didn’t feel fast, but I proved in a lot of sessions that I was one of the fastest out there, especially in the first race. I had a good start and was riding behind Tom (Vialle) and for 20 minutes I was getting roosted by him and I was trying everything to pass him but the track was so one lined and I couldn’t find a way. In the end I tried and he cut me off at the last second and we came together and we both went down. This was unfortunate but I was able to pick the bike up and finish ninth. Second race I had a pretty good start again, I moved from fourth to third and I then I had a small tipover. I didn’t feel great in that second moto but overall I’m happy with my speed and I’m going to keep working in order to make the most of these five remaining GPs.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was good to see Calvin at the top of the leaderboards in a lot of the sessions this weekend, but obviously it’s a little disappointing that he wasn’t able to translate that into a podium points haul. It was a difficult track to race on and he ate a lot of roost in both motos because there weren’t a lot of lines out there, but he definitely deserved better with the speed he was showing. Still, we move onto the next round in Lommel and I’m sure Calvin will already be focusing on doing well there.

MX2 2019
Race Round 13   Czech Republic

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33:47.804
2 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 22 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 8.007
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 11.631
4 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 17.866
5 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 23.742
6 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 31.285
7 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 35.625
8 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 13 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 38.545
9 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 12 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 38.910
10 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 11 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 42.142
11 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 10 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 43.791
12 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 9 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 44.204
13 Horgmo Kevin 240 NOR 8 Wildcard Rider KTM 46.345
14 Hofer Rene 711 AUT 7 Wildcard Rider KTM 47.892
15 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 6 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 54.432
16 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 5 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 55.608
17 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 4 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 56.776
18 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 3 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:12.620
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 2 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:15.315
20 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 1 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM 1:19.154
MX2 2019
Race Round 13   Czech Republic

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:33.413
2 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 22 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 10.244
3 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 20 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 17.878
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 20.837
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 25.531
6 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 32.755
7 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 40.264
8 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 13 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 48.725
9 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 49.242
10 Horgmo Kevin 240 NOR 11 Wildcard Rider KTM 56.925
11 Hofer Rene 711 AUT 10 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:00.790
12 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 9 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:04.005
13 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 8 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1:04.955
14 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 7 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:07.585
15 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 6 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:19.654
16 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:27.588
17 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 4 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:31.066
18 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 3 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:32.505
19 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1:46.066
20 Polak Petr 313 CZE 1 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
Location Information

Československé armády 350/40, 357 33 Loket, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps