Things were looking very promising for Calvin Vlaanderen after the MX2 rider posted the second quickest time in timed practice at the MXGP of the Netherlands. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to capitalise on his good gate pick for the qualification race as he got caught up in a first-chicane incident that left him right at the back of the field. Once he got going though, the Honda CRF250RW fought his way through the pack extremely well, passing 26 riders on his way to a 14th place finish. While this is lower down than he would have hoped, it still gives him a chance to battle the top guys and with the speed he showed throughout today, hopes are high he can get his first podium finish of the season.

Vlaanderen’s first gate drop tomorrow at this sunny Valkenswaard facility is at 13:15 (GMT +1), which takes into account the clocks going forward tonight.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The day started off well, I had a good feeling on the bike and with the track. The track is completely different from how it was last year because the temperature is 20 degrees warmer but it’s quite hard pack and not so deep compared with the years before. I felt good though, but unfortunately I got involved in an incident at the start of the qualifying race and it took me 30-40 seconds to get going after that. I fought back through the pack as best I could and ended up 14th, which wasn’t too bad. My feeling was good and my laptimes were comparable with the top guys so I’m happy with that. We’re now focused on tomorrow and I’m sure things will go better and my results can reflect the speed that I’m riding.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

After being second fastest in timed practice, we were hopeful that Calvin could challenge for a race win. However a rider crashed right in front of him in the first chicane and he had nowhere to go and that meant he started from way behind the field. He then showed great determination and speed to carve his way through this MX2 class to get up to 14th place. With the laptimes he put in, we know that if he can avoid trouble tomorrow off the line, he is fully capable of getting his first podium of the season.

MX2 2019
Qualifying Round 3   Netherlands

Qualifying Race

Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:48.550
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 9.942
3 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 13.514
4 Jacobi Henry 29 GER F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 19.460
5 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna 23.120
6 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 26.980
7 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 29.278
8 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 31.521
9 Vialle Tom 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34.164
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 35.901
11 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 36.380
12 Forato Alberto 303 ITA Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 38.778
13 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 42.211
14 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda 48.002
15 Beaton Jed 14 AUS Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 50.452
16 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 1:00.474
17 Tinkler-Walker Kade 651 CAN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1:03.881
18 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:04.361
19 Sandner Michael 766 AUT Wildcard Rider KTM 1:05.482
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:10.074
Location Information

Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps