After a difficult start to his Italian GP qualification race, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen stormed through the field to fight his way back to sixth place, giving him a good chance of putting his Honda CRF250RW on the podium once again.

The famous Imola motor racing circuit is the hosting this 2019 MXGP of Italy and the man-made track produced a really intense MX2 qualification race, with close racing throughout the field. After one lap Vlaanderen has moved his way up to 14th place and the Honda rider continued to progress through the pack, picking off another eight competitors as he finished in sixth place.

This should set him up nicely for tomorrow where he knows two good starts will give him the platform he needs to challenge for the podium spots once again as he looks to back up the second overall he got at the last round in Belgium. Vlaanderen starts Sunday with a warm up session at 10:25am, which is then followed by the two main races at 12:15 and 15:10.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The day started pretty well as I had a good feeling on the track straight away. Today was actually the first GP of the year where I haven’t needed to change anything all day, so that’s really positive and it shows how comfortable I was out there. I was third in free practice, and sixth in timed practice but I wasn’t able to get a clean lap in so I wasn’t too disappointed with that. Unfortunately I got a really bad start in the qualifying race, outside the top 20 and I had to come through the pack and minimise any damage for tomorrow’s start. I rode smart, didn’t do anything stupid and came back to sixth so my speed was good and I think tomorrow with the longer motos I can do even better.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was an impressive ride from Calvin to come back to sixth place after that start, especially on a track that wasn’t easy to pass on. He seemed to find some really good lines and showed a lot of speed, even in traffic so we are all hopeful for tomorrow that if can get out the gate, he can challenge for another podium overall.

MX2 2019
Qualifying Round 15   Italy

Qualification Race

Air Temp
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23:30.524
2 Jacobi Henry 29 GER F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 15.300
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 17.217
4 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 19.640
5 Vialle Tom 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 21.213
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda 22.258
7 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM 25.071
8 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 25.909
9 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 27.030
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 27.669
11 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 38.782
12 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 40.875
13 Hofer Rene 711 AUT Wildcard Rider KTM 44.952
14 Sydow Jeremy 104 GER Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 47.294
15 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 48.082
16 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 54.971
17 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 59.163
18 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Ghidinelli Racing Team KTM 59.640
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:11.283
20 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:16.306
Location Information

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