After a battling third place finish in moto one, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was in a good position to take another podium spot after his return from his mid-season ankle injury. Unfortunately a small mistake two thirds of the way through the second moto meant that he would slip to sixth and miss out by just one point at the MXGP of Turkey.

After two laps of race one, even a top five finish would have been impressive as the CRF250RW rider was down in ninth place. However, as he has proved time and again this year, he keep battling and fighting for every position and slowly but surely he moved up through the field. With just five laps remaining he was still in sixth place but then three passes in two laps saw him cross the finish line in a thoroughly deserved third spot.

Things were much the same in race two as Vlaanderen rounded the first lap in seventh place after getting pushed out of the top five around the first couple of turns. Once again he put his head down and within a few laps was up to fifth place, needing just one more pass to get his second podium in a row. With passing at a premium on the hard-pack Afyonkarahisar track, Vlaanderen made an error when looking for that pass and instead he dropped a position. As he regrouped, he posted the second fastest laptime of the race but he couldn’t find anywhere to make the necessary moves and instead had to settle for three-six finishes for sixth overall.

He’ll be hoping for a bit more luck next week in Shanghai, China in what is the final round of the 2019 MX2 world championship, at a brand new venue for the series.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It feels like the start of the year, when I was close to getting on the podium at the first three rounds of the season. To miss out by such a small margin is very disappointing but sometimes that is how it goes. My speed was good all weekend and I showed that with a clear track that I was one of the fastest guys, I just couldn’t make the passes when I needed to and that is what cost me my podium shot. Now I head to China determined not to let this happen again, and looking to round out the season on a good note.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

With four riders separated by just two points, the MX2 class proved once again how competitive it is, but it was a real shame to see Calvin miss out. His first moto performance was really positive, coming through the field well and making the passes when he needed too. Unfortunately he couldn’t do the same thing in the second race when the track was a bit more one-lined and that meant he finished sixth. Still, he doesn’t have long to bounce back and we are sure that he’ll do well at the last round in China.

MX2 2019
Race Round 17   Turkey

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:20.136
2 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 21.779
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 20 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 27.688
4 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 18 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 30.059
5 Van de Moosdijk Roan 39 NDL 16 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 31.774
6 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 15 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 34.932
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 35.481
8 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 38.662
9 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 12 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 50.122
10 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 11 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 55.122
11 Guadagnini Mattia 121 ITA 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 57.781
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:02.614
13 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 8 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:05.212
14 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:10.503
15 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 6 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:14.472
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 5 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:15.113
17 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 4 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:15.440
18 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 3 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:25.933
19 Horgmo Kevin 240 NOR 2 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:28.305
20 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1:37.757
MX2 2019
Race Round 17   Turkey

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:09.237
2 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 10.178
3 Van de Moosdijk Roan 39 NDL 20 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 11.960
4 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 18 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 13.700
5 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 16.381
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 15 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 22.481
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 30.865
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 35.089
9 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS 12 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 45.322
10 Guadagnini Mattia 121 ITA 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 58.889
11 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 10 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1:06.150
12 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:06.235
13 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 8 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:11.147
14 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 7 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:11.904
15 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 6 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:24.125
16 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:31.295
17 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 4 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1:34.184
18 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 3 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:38.514
19 Polak Petr 313 CZE 2 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:40.343
20 Dankers Raivo 410 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1:46.965
Location Information

Sadıkbey Mahallesi, Dörtyol Mah. Turgut Özal Cad., Afyon Yeni Şehir Stadyumu Yanı, 03200 Merkez/Afyonkarahisar - View in Google Maps