Calvin Vlaanderen’s race-day performance at Sevlievo was cut short by a crash he suffered on the third lap of the first moto, when the 22-year-old from Cape Town fell off his Honda CRF250RW while trying to avoid Ben Watson who tumbled in front of him. Despite making his way back to the track for race two, the standard bearer of Team HRC in the category decided to pull out at the end of the sighting lap as the pain and discomfort were too strong to compete.

The race one crash left Vlaanderen battered and bruised all over the upper body, with the right-upper leg being the most hurt as it got stuck under the bike. Calvin did everything in his power to get himself out of the way to avoid any upcoming rider – although one of them rode over his Honda and partly over him.

Vlaanderen will now return home to the Netherlands to try and recover the full fitness ahead of the MXGP of Turkey, which will get underway this Saturday (1 September) at the brand-new Afyon Motor Sports Center.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do to avoid Ben when he crashed in front of me, so I ended up on the ground, too. The rest well, it’s what everyone saw on TV. I tried to get on track for race two but after the sighting lap I realised I was in no condition to race so I opted to sit out the moto; now I will use all the little time available to recover as much as possible in order to be ready for Turkey. I would like to thank the team for their great job: this weekend was really unkind to us, but hopefully we can turn things around in less than a week.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It’s a shame that Calvin did not have the chance to fight for a good result here in Bulgaria, because he had the speed to do well. Obviously, we are glad he’s more or less OK – yes, he is battered and bruised, but all bones seem to be in place – but we understand the decision not to compete in race two if he felt he was not in the right condition to perform. Hopefully he’ll be fit for Turkey, so that we can resume battle.

MX2 2018
Race Round 17   Bulgaria

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:34.818
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 5.471
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 11.590
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 19.707
5 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 23.308
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 27.786
7 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 57.001
8 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 13 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna 1:03.808
9 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 12 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:12.535
10 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 11 TM Racing Factory Team TM 1:20.790
11 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 10 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:29.656
12 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 9 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda 1:42.407
13 Koch Tom 226 GER 8 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:48.024
14 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:54.511
15 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 6 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM 2:00.592
16 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 5 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 lap
17 Casas Cervera Oriol 312 SPA 4 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 lap
18 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 3 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
19 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 2 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
20 Dimitrov Alex 136 BUL 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 17   Bulgaria

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
26°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 34:56.251
2 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 22 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +0.605
3 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +18.043
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +19.346
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +47.383
6 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +57.950
7 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:17.981
8 Koch Tom 226 GER 13 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:20.188
9 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 12 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:25.606
10 Pessoa Gustavo 891 BRA 11 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:27.378
11 Covington Thomas 64 USA 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:33.748
12 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:40.170
13 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 8 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1:48.071
14 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 7 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:55.476
15 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 6 TM Racing Factory Team TM +2:03.468
16 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 5 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 lap
17 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
18 Casas Cervera Oriol 312 SPA 3 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1 lap
19 Dimitrov Alex 136 BUL 2 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
20 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 1 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1 lap
21 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 0 STC Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
22 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 0 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1 lap
Location Information

44, 5401 Sevlievo, Bulgaria - View in Google Maps