Calvin Vlaanderen has written an exciting page in the history of Honda in the Motocross World Championship by winning the MX2 class of the MXGP of Indonesia, while giving himself and the all-new Honda CRF250RW their first success in the series. This incredible achievement – the first overall victory for the brand in the category since Assen 2015 – was a result of a superb performance by the South African rider in race two, where he dominated from start to finish.

Calvin had a rocket jump out of the gate and was second as the MX2 field attacked the first corner of the race. The young South African pushed hard for almost the entirety of the encounter but was caught by reigning Champion Paul Jonass, who passed him four laps from the end of the moto. Vlaanderen managed to find his pace again to secure third position at the flag.

But Vlaanderen’s start to the second moto was even better, as he stormed past the rest of the field to take his first-ever FOX holeshot. Calvin showed a fantastic pace early on as he set the fastest lap of the moto on lap three to extend his lead over Jonass and Prado. As the race progressed, he rode with a consistently-quick rhythm to secure his maiden win in the series.

Courtesy of this victory – the first for a South African rider since 2008’s Benelux GP win by Tyla Rattray – Vlaanderen makes some more ground to the top of the standings in terms of points ahead of the second Indonesian GP of the season, which takes place next weekend (7-8 July) at the new Samarang track.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I wasn’t expecting this win! In race one I got a good start and was second for most of the race, but then kind of blew the last few minutes and got passed. Third place was not bad, but before the second moto I was fired up: I told one of the mechanic that I felt like a holeshot was coming, and it happened! When you have a clear track ahead you can take the lines you prefer and do your own thing. It’s such a cool feeling to cross the line in first place, and to win the first GP is unbelievable. Since I was three it was my dream to win a Grand Prix and I finally done it. I felt it was coming and I’m glad to be rewarding the team with a win; they have always supported with their hard work and helped me improve as a rider, so a huge thank you to them – they deserve it!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We are over the moon with Calvin’s win. He has done a superb job today at the front and showed the type of rider he is. He got two amazing starts – one better than the other – and rode hard even when the competition was getting closer. This is a huge win that we have been waiting for very long, and it’s a very sweet taste in our mouths. I’m confident this will break the ice and I’m sure it will give Calvin a great amount of confidence, so let’s see what he’ll be able to do at Semarang! Last but not least, thank you to the team for their amazing work: team work is paying off and they are as much winners as Calvin is today.

MX2 2018
Race Round 12   Indonesia

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
muddy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 35:01.963
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +13.089
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 20 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +15.705
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +16.627
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +28.199
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +37.818
7 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +45.348
8 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 13 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +49.681
9 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +55.513
10 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 11 LRT KTM KTM +57.460
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 STC Racing Husqvarna +58.423
12 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:30.389
13 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 8 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:39.040
14 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1 lap
15 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 6 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 lap
16 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
17 Tjahjadi Diva Ismayana 206 IDN 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna + 3 Laps
18 Maksum Hilman 204 IDN 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna + 4 Laps
19 Pattipi Yosua 281 IDN 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna + 5 Laps
20 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 1 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna + 15 Laps
MX2 2018
Race Round 12   Indonesia

Race 2

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
muddy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 25 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 35:13.293
2 Watson Ben 919 GBR 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 6.206
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17.544
4 Covington Thomas 64 USA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 21.834
5 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 16 LRT KTM KTM 25.396
6 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 29.400
7 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 31.824
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 STC Racing Husqvarna 32.066
9 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 59.259
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:05.194
11 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 10 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:14.003
12 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 9 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:28.414
13 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:34.776
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 7 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1 Lap
15 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
16 Tjahjadi Diva Ismayana 206 IDN 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
17 Maksum Hilman 204 IDN 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
18 Pattipi Yosua 281 IDN 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +12 Laps
Location Information

Pangkal Pinang, Pangkal Pinang City, Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia - View in Google Maps