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.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

That’s definitely not the best way to start the Czech round! I actually felt really good on the bike today; we were fourth and second in free and timed practice and I was feeling very comfortable on my Honda. I didn’t manage to get a good jump out of the gate and had a lot of work to do from early on. Racing incidents can happen, but you always hope they don’t happen to you. I’m pretty battered and bruised, but nothing too major. All is not lost, but we definitely need two great starts if we want to battle for a good result tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was an unfortunate end to what was shaping up to be another great day for Calvin. He was really looking good on his CRF and the second place in timed practice put him in the best position for the qualifying race. His start was not a good one and the last thing he needed was a crash after such a brilliant recovery, but that’s racing. He still has a chance to turn things around, and I’m sure he’ll be more than keen to make it happen.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 14   Czech Republic

Qualifying race

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
25°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 24:27.968
2 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +11.714
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.934
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +16.865
5 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +23.106
6 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +25.817
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +29.317
8 Weltin Marshal 56 USA Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +42.379
9 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +45.901
10 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +49.602
11 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +50.874
12 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +51.826
13 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +53.844
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +54.765
15 Pessoa Gustavo 891 BRA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +56.456
16 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +56.863
17 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:05.015
18 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:07.656
19 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:08.979
20 Edelbacher Roland 109 AUT Wildcard Rider KTM +1:10.598
21 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:13.956
Location Information

Československé armády 350/40, 357 33 Loket, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps