Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was forced to a strenuous recovery in today’s Qualifying race of the MXGP of Trentino, which is currently underway at the spectacular Pietramurata track. The young South African rider eventually crossed the line in 19th place aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW machine.

After an encouraging third place in this afternoon’s timed practice, Vlaanderen showed up at the gates ready for battle. As the riders approached turn two, however, Calvin found himself sandwiched in the middle of the pack and was eventually involved in an unavoidable coming together with an opponent.

Vlaanderen managed to pick the bike up and re-join the moto, albeit finding himself unable to use the front brake due to a damaged disc from the crash. From the very back of the field, he made his way up to 19th place at the chequered flag.

MX2 action at Pietramurata will resume tomorrow at 10:25 local time (GMT +2) for the warm up, which will be followed by the two fourth-round races at 13:15 and 16:10.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It was overall a not-too-bad day. We made some improvements to the bike from free practice and I felt a lot better throughout the day. Unfortunately I went down on the second corner during the qualifying race and damaged my front disc after a collision with another rider. I had no front brake since - and at times I was thinking about pulling out – but I did what I could, rode smart and did nothing silly, so I could take whatever I could get for the position on the gate tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It wasn’t an easy day for Calvin but surely he did a great job in riding the way he did without the use of the front brake. The speed is there and he is feeling good on the Honda CRF250RW: he will surely need a good start tomorrow if he wants to get in the mix at the front – and stay out of trouble at the start of the race. Nothing is lost, so I think we can still aim at two good results.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 4   Pietramurata

Qualifying Race

Sunny & Dry
Humidity
57%
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:28.222
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 5.820
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 7.221
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 9.035
5 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM 16.820
6 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna 26.632
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 30.250
8 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 39.670
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda 41.294
10 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM 45.213
11 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 48.837
12 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM 53.732
13 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 55.786
14 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 57.074
15 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 58.827
16 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:02.682
17 Herbreteau David 338 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki 1:08.751
18 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna 1:09.516
19 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 Honda 1:10.315
20 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:10.948
Location Information

Pietramurata, Trentino, Italy - View in Google Maps