Calvin Vlaanderen wrapped up his MXGP of Portugal with a top-6 finish in today’s second MX2 encounter at the ‘Crossodromo de Águeda’, which made up for the 18th position claimed in the opening race of the day. After five rounds completed in the 2018 edition of the series, Vlaanderen currently lies 9th in the championship standings.

Vlaanderen battled hard in the early stages of race two after a very good start, which saw the South African rider up to third during the opening lap. As the moto progressed, however, he started losing ground and positions, even though he managed to stay in touch with the group fighting for fifth place for a while. Calvin was eventually sixth at the chequered flag.

The next round of the 2018 MX2 World Championship will take place at Orlyonok in Russia in three Tuesdays’ time.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Again, not the weekend we wanted. The goal was to be consistent and have two good motos, but that wasn’t the case. I went down quite hard on the wave section in race one, then I picked the bike up but went down again afterwards. I wasn’t riding like I normally do, and the shoulder gets really tired after 10-15 minutes so it’s not easy to ride especially with the track being so rough. We got a good start to the second moto and I managed to get a sixth-place finish. It was good to wrap up race day with a better result, but we’re obviously looking for more.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was not an easy weekend for Calvin, both technical and fitness-wise. The shoulder is bothering him more than we expected after last weekend’s crash, and this track – in this condition – surely didn’t help. He showed he had the speed but the long run was more of an issue. Nevertheless, I think we’ve found a good set-up for race two and he was able to ride the Honda CRF250RW more like he wanted, so now with more than two weeks to Russia, I’m confident he’ll have enough time to get back to perfect form.

MX2 2018
Race Round 5   Portugal

Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
14°C
Track Cond
Red clay
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:19.765
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +4.848
3 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 20 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +6.210
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.939
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +43.760
6 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +53.531
7 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 14 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +56.533
8 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 13 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:06.790
9 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 12 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:19.351
10 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 11 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:21.172
11 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 10 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +1:34.906
12 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:41.655
13 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 8 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:44.094
14 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 7 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:45.194
15 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 6 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:47.134
16 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 5 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:48.014
17 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:59.726
18 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 3 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +2:04.975
19 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 2 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 Lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 5   Portugal

Race 2

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
16°C
Track Cond
Red Clay
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:22.081
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.024
3 Watson Ben 919 GBR 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +3.196
4 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 18 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +14.392
5 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +31.780
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 15 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +34.081
7 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +37.360
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 STC Racing Husqvarna +40.860
9 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +42.100
10 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 11 KTM Silver Action KTM +43.580
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +57.461
12 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +59.749
13 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:10.758
14 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:17.494
15 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 6 LRT KTM KTM +1:18.401
16 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 5 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +1:37.883
17 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 4 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:40.703
18 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 3 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:42.840
19 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 2 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:42.983
20 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:59.581
Location Information

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