The fourteenth qualifying race of the 2018 MX2 World Championship was not an easy one for Calvin Vlaanderen, who crossed the finishing line in 21st place aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine at Loket. The standard bearer of Team HRC in the quarter-litre class of MXGP crashed out of tenth place after a coming together with Pauls Jonass, which put an end to what was a remarkable recovery following a poor start to the moto.
After a fourth and a second place in free and timed practice, Vlaanderen was down in 20th place as the MX2 field stormed past the line at the end of the opening lap but quickly made his way past several opponents, looking quick and comfortable. However, the 22-year-old from Cape Town found himself on the ground on lap five, and he was 31st by the time he was able to jump back on the bike. With great determination, he almost made it back to the top-20 but just ran out of time.
MX2 action will resume tomorrow at 10:25 for the 15-minute warm-up session, which will be followed by the two Sunday motos at 13:15 and 16:10.