Calvin Vlaanderen was among the leading protagonists of today’s race day at the TT Circuit Assen as he rode his Honda CRF250RW machine to second place in race two – after crossing the line in fifth position at the end of the first moto. With the MXGP of the Netherlands now in the history books, the standard bearer of Team HRC in MX2 will turn his attention to the season finale which takes place at Imola in two weekends time.

Despite something of a tentative start, Calvin was able to ride safely through turn one and was seventh at the end of the opening lap of the first moto. Before the halfway point of the race, he managed to get past Henry Jacobi and was then promoted to fifth place when Hunter Lawrence crashed out of fourth.

Calvin had a much better start to the second race and was already up to third after a few turns. With a very competitive pace, the young rider from Cape Town chased down Thomas Kjer Olsen and passed his Swedish opponent after the crossing the line for the seventh time. After being virtually third overall for most of the encounter, Vlaanderen dropped down to fourth in the GP classification due to Thomas Covington’s crash, which helped Olsen move up to third and take the final spot on the podium.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Assen is over and I’m actually leaving in a happy mood, even though I’m obviously a little disappointed at not finishing on the podium. Fourth overall is not something we can complain about. I struggled a little to find the rhythm in the first race as I was chasing Ben Watson; I tried to pass him, but I simply couldn’t make it stick. Seeing Jeffrey Herlings winning the title gave me a lot of motivation heading into race two; I had good speed and flow so I was happy to finish second. I would like to thank the team and my crew especially, and now we can get ready for the final GP at Imola!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It’s a shame that Calvin did not make it onto the podium because I think he deserved it after what he showed in race two. This is all part of motocross, however, as being on the podium depends also on the combination of the other riders’ results in the races. In any case, it was nice to see him back on the pace on Sunday, and we leave Assen in a very confident mood!

MX2 2018
Race Round 19   Netherlands

Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
19°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:14.374
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.207
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.027
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +12.331
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +23.068
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +29.770
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 14 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +36.515
8 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +36.858
9 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 12 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +38.351
10 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +43.764
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 STC Racing Husqvarna +45.277
12 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 9 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:01.199
13 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:10.338
14 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:17.326
15 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 6 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:50.393
16 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 5 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
17 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 4 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 lap
18 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 3 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 lap
19 De Jong Rene 130 BEL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz KTM +1 lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 19   Netherlands

Race 2

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:24.408
2 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 22 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +7.591
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.909
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.212
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +19.609
6 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +26.899
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 14 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +42.290
8 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +48.350
9 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +50.004
10 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 11 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +51.541
11 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:06.922
12 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:33.978
13 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:48.521
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 7 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:51.132
15 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 6 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 lap
16 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 5 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 lap
17 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 4 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 lap
18 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 lap
19 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 2 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 lap
20 Gole Anton 297 SWE 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
Location Information

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