Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen signed off his MX2 career with an impressive podium performance at the 2019 season finale, which was hosted at the brand new facility in Shanghai, China.

The track was praised by a lot of riders over the course of the weekend, providing a good surface and an interesting layout as the MXGP championship visited China for the very first time. For Vlaanderen, it was also provide some happy memories as the Honda rider finished the season and his time as an MX2 rider with a third place overall, putting in a second moto charge that gave him the finish he needed in order to beat out fourth place by two points.

In both races the CRF250RW rider got out the gate extremely well, rounding the corner inside the top three. Then in race one, a small mistake by another rider meant that Vlaanderen was in second for the entirety of the race, putting pressure on the leader but unable to get himself close enough to make the move for the win.

Race two didn’t quite go as smoothly as it was his mistake on lap one that dropped him from third to seventh. As usual, he didn’t get rattled and instead put his head down and fought his way back up to fourth place with just five laps remaining. This was the position he needed for the podium and as he crossed the line, it was obvious he had put everything into that ride to make sure his final MX2 race was a good one.

Although the season is now completed, Vlaanderen does potentially have one race remaining as he hopes to represent the Netherlands in what is a home Motocross of Nations for them. The Assen facility will be hosting this prestigious race on September 28-29 and Vlaanderen is one of two riders who are competing for the MX2 position in the three-man team. This gave extra importance to his ride and is further proof (after his moto win and podium in Sweden) that he would be a very strong choice for what will be a very strong Dutch team.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Today went really well and it was a great to end the season on a high note. It was also the final MX2 race of my career so to finish on the podium was a special moment and something I won’t forget. I had a good first moto with a good start and was riding in third. Then the rider in second crashed so I moved up a position and from there I kept pressure on the leader right until the end, finishing second. I also had a good start in the second moto but a small mistake on the first lap cost me some crucial positions and I dropped back to seventh. I knew that I would have to pass a few guys to get on the podium so I put my head down and went to work. I found some good lines and while I had some crazy moments, I wanted to leave everything out there on the track and try everything to get the podium spot. Thankfully I managed to do it and while I would have loved to have battled up front with the guys, it was still a great weekend for me and for the team and a nice way to finish up. Obviously I don’t know anything for the Motocross of Nations yet, but I think I proved with my performances that I am riding very well and I hope to be able to represent the Netherlands, and help us win in front our home fans in Assen.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Since his return from injury, Calvin has ridden really well and he proved it yet again by getting on the podium here in China. After a great first moto where he finished second, he was made to work for it in race two, but knowing he had to pass a few good riders to get on the box, he gave it everything had and achieved his goal. It was his fourth podium in eight rounds and a great way to finish his MX2 career. We are proud of all his efforts with the team this year and he has shown that the Honda CRF250RW is a world championship race winning bike, when he won the second moto in Sweden. We also hope he can ride one last time in Assen in a couple of weeks and we firmly believe that his recent performances have been of a high enough level that should see him chosen at the MX2 rider for the Netherlands.

MX2 2019
Race Round 18   China

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:18.828
2 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 22 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 1.736
3 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 4.084
4 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 19.028
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 23.844
6 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 15 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 28.357
7 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 48.900
8 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 51.886
9 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 12 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 54.000
10 Guadagnini Mattia 121 ITA 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 55.032
11 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 10 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 55.874
12 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1:18.083
13 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 8 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:23.720
14 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:59.021
15 Papenmeier Larissa 423 GER 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 2 Laps
16 Wang Ke 519 CHI 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 3 Laps
17 Pu Yang 181 CHI 4 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 3 Laps
18 Peng Yongming 42 CHI 3 Wildcard Rider Honda 4 Laps
19 Hu Bolin 909 CHI 2 Wildcard Rider Honda 4 Laps
20 Cheng Hao 535 CHI 1 Wildcard Rider Honda 4 Laps
MX2 2019
Race Round 18   China

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:08.720
2 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.650
3 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 16.159
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 18 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 20.472
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 23.718
6 Van de Moosdijk Roan 39 NDL 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 44.878
7 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 14 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 50.508
8 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 51.687
9 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 54.312
10 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 54.662
11 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 10 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 57.094
12 Guadagnini Mattia 121 ITA 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1:33.710
13 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 8 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:41.007
14 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:50.256
15 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
16 Papenmeier Larissa 423 GER 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 2 Laps
17 Wang Ke 519 CHI 4 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 3 Laps
18 Pu Yang 181 CHI 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 3 Laps
19 Hu Bolin 909 CHI 2 Wildcard Rider Honda 4 Laps
20 Peng Yongming 42 CHI 1 Wildcard Rider Honda 4 Laps
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