Calvin Vlaanderen’s MXGP of Switzerland has not been an easy one, as the standard bearer of Team HRC in the MX2 World Championship got away with a fourth-place finish in race two at Frauenfeld after being forced to pull out of the first moto due to a technical issue. With no weekend off, the young rider from Cape Town will have an immediate chance to bounce back as the series moves to Bulgaria for the seventeenth round of the season – which takes place at Sevlievo on August 26-27.

Calvin did not get the best jump out of the gate and was fifteenth as the MX2 field attacked the early corners of the moto. With some convincing overtaking manoeuvres, he managed to rise up to seventh place, before an electrical problem forced him to an early retirement on lap four.

Vlaanderen had a better start out of the gate in race two and from seventh place he quickly made his way up to fourth, and then on lap three he managed to overtake Ben Watson for third place. Five laps later, however, Vlaanderen was passed by Hunter Lawrence; despite being unable to stay in touch with the fellow Honda rider, he kept a solid pace and was fourth as the race drew to a close.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

We’re obviously a bit disappointed with how this weekend turned out to be; we were hoping for two good results but we are leaving with just one. I was riding well and had a good feeling, but the small issue on the bike compromised our race. No one to blame for this, it just happens in racing. We stayed focused and our race two start was good. I lacked a little bit fitness-wise in the last few minutes, but I’m still happy with fourth place.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Despite what happened in race one, Calvin showed great maturity as he didn’t let himself down: his performance in race two was very good, so we leave Switzerland knowing we are ready for the next battle in Bulgaria. The team has done a wonderful job and the bike is very competitive, so we must stay positive and keep aiming high.

MX2 2018
Race Round 16   Switzerland

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
28°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 35:26.036
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.197
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.769
4 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +16.499
5 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +19.838
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +40.346
7 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 14 KTM Silver Action KTM +56.347
8 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +59.004
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 12 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:03.162
10 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:21.726
11 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 10 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:24.030
12 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 9 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:24.663
13 Gole Anton 297 SWE 8 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:32.084
14 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:37.629
15 Malaval Adrien 52 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM +1:41.680
16 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 5 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:42.870
17 Pessoa Gustavo 891 BRA 4 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:48.507
18 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 3 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +2:04.663
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 2 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz KTM +1 lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 16   Switzerland

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
26°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 35:10.156
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +4.721
3 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 20 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +10.128
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 18 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +15.833
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.773
6 Covington Thomas 64 USA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +20.291
7 Watson Ben 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +26.271
8 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 13 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +49.115
9 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 12 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +51.889
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +52.247
11 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 10 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:09.884
12 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:14.380
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:17.431
14 Pessoa Gustavo 891 BRA 7 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:22.874
15 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 6 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:49.083
16 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 5 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:52.002
17 Gole Anton 297 SWE 4 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +2:08.954
18 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 3 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
19 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 2 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
20 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 1 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 lap
Location Information

Oberwiesenstrasse, Frauenfeld, Switzerland - View in Google Maps