Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen had a challenging race day in his Motocross of Nations debut at the RedBud MX track in Michigan, United States. The 22-year-old from Cape Town was running in twelfth position in the first race of the day (MXGP+MX2) when a small technical issue forced him to an early retirement from the moto.

Earlier in the encounter, Calvin had begun experiencing an issue in his right eye, which worsened as the laps went by; after he made his way back to the HRC awning, he was evaluated by the medical centre staff and then declared unfit for race two (MX2+Open). Despite Calvin’s absence from the track in race two, the Dutch team managed to claim third overall in the 2018 edition of the MXoN.

Vlaanderen will undergo further examinations tomorrow morning in the nearby town of St Joseph, which will give a clearer picture of the injury.

1 France 35
2 Italy 37
3 The Netherlands 41
4 Australia 48
5 Great Britain 48
6 USA 49
7 Belgium 53
8 Spain 63
9 Estonia 71
10 Germany 78
11 Canada 99
12 Sweden 106
13 Austria 108
14 Ireland 127
15 Venezuela 129
16 Czech Republic 130
17 Brazil 137
18 New Zealand 144
19 Puerto Rico 175
20 Switzerland 95

Bold denotes a team with at least one Honda rider

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Being disappointed is an understatement, of course, but there is nothing we can do about it. It was a difficult moto until it lasted, but then being ruled out of the second race was a massive blow. Hopefully it’s nothing serious but we’ll see tomorrow what the specialists will say; in the meantime, I’ll try to stay as calm and positive as I can, even though it won’t be an easy task. Hats off and congratulations to Jeffrey and Glenn for their results today, they rode amazing.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Racing can be really tough at times and unfortunately Calvin has experienced it first-hand at RedBud. It’s hard to deal with these situations from a rider’s perspective, but these are also opportunities to get stronger and come back even more motivated than before. I’m sure he’ll have a lot more occasions to shine at the Motocross of Nations in the future.

Location Information

13638 Red Bud Trail N, Buchanan, MI 49107, USA - View in Google Maps