Calvin Vlaanderen has finished on a high note at his first-ever MXGP of Russia by finishing fourth in the final encounter of the round, after the sixth-place finish of race one. Today’s two combined results at Orlyonok resulted in a sixth position overall for the Team HRC rider, only two points away from the podium. With six rounds completed in the 2018 MX2 World Championship, the 21-year-old from Cape Town is now sixth in the standings.

Race one saw Vlaanderen battling for a top-five finish after a not-too exciting-jump out of the gate. In the dying moments of the race, Vlaanderen had to defend his fifth position from a resurgent Rubini, who had crashed in front of him earlier in the race. The two were side by side entering the last lap, just moments after the Belgian rival made his move, but despite a late effort the South African did not manage to retake the position before the chequered flag.

Vlaanderen had a much better start to race two by choosing the inside line, but was forced to a slight run off which cost him a few places early on. Despite the small setback, Calvin immediately picked up the pace aboard his Honda CRF250RW and with some confident riding, he stormed past Watson and Jacobi to reach fifth position. The standard bearer of HRC in the category put together some impressive laps that helped him close the gap with Olsen for fourth, although he couldn’t initially find his way past his opponent – despite a few promising attempts.

With five minutes left, Vlaanderen narrowed the gap to less than a second from Olsen and then brilliantly passed him around the outside on the long uphill section of sector two, during lap 16. Despite the clear track ahead, it was just a little too late for Calvin to have a shot at third place, even though he was only 0.8s away from fellow Honda rider Cervellin at the line.

The seventh Grand Prix of the 2018 Motocross World Championship will take place at Kegums in Latvia in two weekends’ time.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Overall I’m happy with how this round went. After yesterday’s third place in qualifying, we were looking for two solid motos and that’s what we did. In race one, after a strong start I kind of lost my rhythm and couldn’t really find it again, so sixth wasn’t a bad result after all. I had a really good start to race two but messed up a little at turn one, so I had to make my way back to fourth. I pushed as hard as I could to get third – which would have meant a podium – but it wasn’t enough. The team worked so hard and the bike was awesome, so I look forward to Latvia!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was a solid and positive performance for Calvin, who had good starts to both races but struggled a little in finding his way past Olsen in race one, which kind of upset his rhythm. In race two he was much more aggressive and in the end he went really close from passing Cervellin and getting his first podium. I believe it was a good round for all of us and the bike performed great, so thank you to all the boys for their hard and great work.

MX2 2018
Race Round 6   Russia

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
25°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:54.861
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +11.561
3 Watson Ben 919 GBR 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +31.861
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +36.859
5 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 16 KTM Silver Action KTM +39.204
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 15 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +40.899
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 14 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +53.491
8 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +58.912
9 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +59.572
10 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 11 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:10.071
11 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 10 LRT KTM KTM +1:12.765
12 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:16.175
13 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 8 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:21.357
14 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 7 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:22.278
15 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 6 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:25.912
16 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 5 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:48.142
17 Covington Thomas 64 USA 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1 Lap
18 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 3 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
19 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 2 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 Lap
20 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 1 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 6   Russia

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:38.909
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.630
3 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 20 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +39.711
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 18 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +40.600
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +41.581
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +43.440
7 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:06.039
8 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 13 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:12.622
9 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:15.696
10 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 11 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:20.876
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:22.904
12 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:24.692
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:26.652
14 Covington Thomas 64 USA 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:34.955
15 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 6 LRT KTM KTM +1:39.643
16 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 5 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 Lap
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 4 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
18 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 Lap
19 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 2 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 Lap
20 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 Lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 6   Russia

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Location Information

Orlyonok Circuit, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 352815 - View in Google Maps