The MXGP of Great Britain has given Calvin Vlaanderen and Team HRC the second podium of the season after another epic battle over two, intense MX2 races at Matterley Basin. Aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine, the 21-year-old from Cape Town was fourth and third in the two motos of the day, and he now sits fifth in the championship standings after nine rounds.

Vlaanderen had a decent jump out of the gate in the opening moto and was seventh entering lap one. Throughout the course of the encounter, he was promoted up to fifth and, as the race entered its final stages, he was catapulted to fourth after Olsen experienced a technical problem.

Calvin had a good start to race two and managed to get himself within the top-five on the opening lap. After running as high as second, the young South African dropped down to fifth – a position which would have already guaranteed him the podium by finishing ahead of Watson. On lap seven, however, Vlaanderen moved up two places after Jacobi and Olsen tangled with each other while battling for third.

The pressure piled up on Vlaanderen in the final lap of the encounter as home-rider Watson tried a desperate comeback to get the better of the Honda rider for the final place on the podium. Calvin held off his rival up to the chequered flag to claim his second consecutive podium of the season.

The MX2 World Championship will return to action next weekend (9-10 June) at Saint Jean D’Angely in France.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It was a hard-fought podium, that’s for sure. I didn’t have the best start in race one and had to scythe through the pack a bit. Fourth was a good result; I was a little bit lucky with Olsen’s retirement, but we will take it. In the second moto I was pumped and ready for battle: I came off the start really well but I got pushed wide at the first corner. I made a few mistakes early on but then I got in a little bit of a groove and tried to follow the guys in front of me. I kept calm and focused because I knew it was going to be a long race, and it was great to finish third. To be getting a podium here in England is awesome: it’s good for myself, the team and everyone around me. We are working hard and we’re getting it done, which is what we need to be doing.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin did a great job today. He was not as quick as in Germany but the result ended up being the same. That’s a very good sign, because it’s the will to succeed and fight through that takes you a long way in such a competitive championship. The team did a brilliant job and the rider put up a great battle, so we need to keep focused in order to get closer to the front. Well done to everyone!

MX2 2018
Race Round 9   Great Britain

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:21.35
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.840
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +49.040
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 18 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +55.651
5 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 16 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +59.351
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:00.863
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 14 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:01.791
8 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:06.628
9 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:10.412
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:16.918
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:21.138
12 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:23.584
13 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:24.204
14 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 7 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:27.542
15 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 6 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:28.619
16 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 5 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:29.314
17 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:35.447
18 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 3 LRT KTM KTM +1:42.841
19 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 2 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:45.596
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 1 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +2:11.543
MX2 2018
Race Round 9   Great Britain

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
22°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:42.951
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.294
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 20 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +38.493
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +40.283
5 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 16 STC Racing Husqvarna +54.081
6 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 15 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +58.663
7 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +59.296
8 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 13 LRT KTM KTM +1:07.559
9 Covington Thomas 64 USA 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:13.917
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:23.880
11 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:29.485
12 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 9 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:31.365
13 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 8 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:43.276
14 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:44.089
15 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM +1:46.185
16 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 5 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:48.315
17 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:52.285
18 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:56.048
19 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:59.566
20 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 1 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +2:01.378
Location Information

matterley basin, Lower Baybridge Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom - View in Google Maps