Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen has put together an impressive performance in today’s qualifying race for the MXGP of Russia at Orlyonok by crossing the line third aboard his all-new Honda CRF250RW.

The 21-year-old showed great affinity with the Russian track right from the get-go, as he was third at end of free practice – his first-ever session at this track.

As the gates dropped for the qualifying race, Vlaanderen had a great jump off the line and was fifth when riding past the FOX holeshot mark, before making a successful overtake for fourth later in the same lap.

He then bridged the gap for third with Olsen, before the Danish rival crashed out of third. Vlaanderen maintained a solid pace for the remaining laps while keeping the chasing pack at bay.

The two MX2 Russian races will get underway tomorrow at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +3), after the traditional warm up set for 10:25.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I’m happy with how this Monday went. I had a good feeling with the bike already after a few laps into free practice; we didn’t have to change a lot in terms of engine and suspension settings, so I could build a nice rhythm. I had a pretty good start in the qualifying race, managed to get behind Olsen for third and was putting a lot of pressure on him – I think I was faster than him – but I just couldn’t find my way past. After he went down I rode my own race to third place. I’m now looking forward to tomorrow, I really like this track so hopefully we can get some nice results.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin showed a good pace and consistency throughout the day, which translated into a good result in qualifying. It’s good to see him back having fun on the bike: this translated into some good aggressive riding at the beginning of the race, a thing that helped him stay at the front in the early stages and avoid trouble. The track was a bit more slippery than timed practice, so he did well in measuring his pace and not crashing. He’s building momentum, so I’m looking forward to seeing him back on track tomorrow for the races.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 6   Russia

Results Session

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 22:13.500
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.531
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +30.736
4 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +35.865
5 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +41.673
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +44.933
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +49.497
8 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +56.258
9 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +59.625
10 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:01.173
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1:09.796
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:14.832
13 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:15.887
14 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:21.932
15 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:23.828
16 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:25.627
17 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +1:31.890
18 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:33.713
19 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:40.358
20 Herbreteau David 338 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 lap
Location Information

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