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.