The MX2 qualifying race for the tenth round of the 2018 MXGP World Championship saw Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen claim fifth place aboard his Honda CRF250RW, after a smart and encouraging performance on the deep sand of Lommel – in an unusually hot midsummer Saturday in Belgium.

After coming out of timed practice a solid fourth, Calvin had a decent jump out of the gate in what was an eventful start to the qualifying race – with few riders on the ground before turn two. During the second lap of the moto, Vlaanderen caught and passed Michele Cervellin for sixth whilst improving his pace and consolidating his position. The 22-year-old rode smartly enough to avoid any unnecessary risk on the notoriously-tricky Belgian track and was promoted to fifth position when Thomas Kjer Olsen made a mistake on lap seven.

Vlaanderen will return to action tomorrow morning at 10:25 for the usual 15-minute warm up, with the two MX2 motos scheduled at the traditional European times of 13:15 and 16:10 GMT +2.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It was a good race overall, and fifth place is good all things considered. The track is really tough and the high temperatures surely didn’t make things any easier, so it was important not to make any mistake and go home with a good gate-pick. I don’t feel 100% with the track, but the bike is working well so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow – it will be tough, but we’ll do our best!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was another smart qualifying race for Calvin today, especially given how tough the track is and how hot it is around here this weekend. Here at Lommel it takes no time to make a mistake, but you could see that he was really comfortable aboard his CRF machine – so great job to the team and him! As usual – but even more so here – it will be important to avoid any drama at the start, so we need to stay focused and hungry for results.

MX2 2018
Qualifying Round 15   Belgium

Qualifying

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
32°C
Track Cond
Deep sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:41.098
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.379
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +17.314
4 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +25.500
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +34.345
6 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +36.351
7 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +42.048
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +49.708
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +55.699
10 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:02.799
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:06.504
12 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:13.240
13 Weltin Marshal 56 USA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:15.038
14 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:17.947
15 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:23.100
16 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:30.690
17 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:37.602
18 Koch Tom 226 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +2:01.562
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1 lap
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps