Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen fought bravely through poor health and challenging track conditions aboard his 2018 Honda CRF250RW machine, to claim 11th place in the second MX2 race at Valkenswaard and 13th in the overall classification of the MXGP of Europe.

Vlaanderen got a great jump out of the gate in race two as he moved up to 7th place, and then battled hard with fellow Honda rider Hunter Lawrence to retain the position. On lap 10, the young South African dropped down a couple of positions after a coming together with Adam Sterry, and eventually crossed the line in 11th.

Race 1 saw Vlaanderen maintaining his position as the MX2 field swept through the first corners. The young South African rider had a harder time than usual in getting up to speed and after a crash he moved down to 15th place – his final position at the chequered flag.

Round 3 of the 2018 Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend at the Redsand MX Park in Spain.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The whole weekend hasn’t gone the way I wanted. I was expecting a lot more from myself, so disappointed is an understatement, actually. I know I’m a lot better than what I showed today, and I’ll keep it in my head. I didn’t have the best feeling with the bike during warm up, but we made some adjustments ahead of race one and I felt a lot better. Unfortunately I put it down – my fault – so I finished 15th. In the second race I got a better start but the guys were catching me from behind, and then a coming together cost me a few places. We need to step up our game in Spain because I didn’t have the right pace here in Holland. I also did not have the intensity needed for this type of track: the flu might have played a part, but no excuses.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin hasn’t been feeling good throughout the whole weekend, and that surely affected his performance - especially today. He could not find a competitive rhythm and put his speed on the track and had a couple of falls, which fortunately did not leave any mark. Now he just needs to rest, regroup and get better physically for Spain. In the end he felt good with the bike after the changes to the settings we made before the races, so we’ll be ready for battle at Redsand. Well done to all team members, who did an outstanding job this weekend in the freezing cold.

MX2 2018
Race Round 2   Netherlands

Race 1

Cloudy / Damp
Humidity
54%
Air Temp
-1°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:38.265
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +09.342
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +16.508
4 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +22.579
5 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 16 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +25.932
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +42.179
7 Covington Thomas 64 USA 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +49.290
8 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +53.611
9 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 12 LRT KTM KTM +58.452
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:00.167
11 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:01.566
12 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:07.493
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:08.774
14 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 7 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:13.609
15 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 6 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:24.471
16 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 5 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:44.843
17 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 4 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:46.270
18 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:46.530
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 2 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +2:03.155
20 Agard-Michelsen Sander 129 NOR 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 2   Netherlands

Race 2

Cloudy / Dry
Humidity
51%
Air Temp
0°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:35.397
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.381
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +37.477
4 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 18 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +39.263
5 Covington Thomas 64 USA 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +46.360
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +47.057
7 Watson Ben 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +51.600
8 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:05.208
9 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 12 LRT KTM KTM +1:08.867
10 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 11 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:10.665
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 10 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:17.524
12 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:19.818
13 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:36.765
14 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 7 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:50.898
15 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 6 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:58.989
16 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 5 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
17 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 4 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
18 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 3 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 Lap
19 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 2 KTM Silver Action KTM +1 Lap
20 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 1 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 Lap
Location Information

Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps