After missing the MXGP of Trentino with a fractured fibula, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen returned to MX2 action with a hard-fought eighth place finish in the qualification race at the MXGP of Lombardia in Mantova, Italy.

His job was made harder as people crashed in front of him in the first few corners but once he had negotiated those riders, he set about working his way through the field. Despite having just a few days on the bike after receiving the all-clear from the doctor on Tuesday, Vlaanderen showed good speed and good fitness as he picked off riders regularly throughout the first half of the race. As the positions settled down, the CRF250RW rider continued to push and eventually made his way up to eighth place which gives him a good chance at some decent points in tomorrow’s motos.

Calvin’s first gate drop tomorrow at this Mantova facility is at 13:15 (GMT +1), which follows on from his warm up at 10:25 in the morning.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The day started off all right, as I wasn’t even sure I would be able to race today. We literally confirmed this morning that I would give it a try and see how it is. Obviously it isn’t great but I can still ride so I’m really happy about that. I was just taking it easy in free and timed practice, just trying to get one fast lap in and that’s what I did. I really enjoy this track and I felt comfortable when riding, however I got a bad start in qualifying and had to avoid some other crashes around me. I had one good place on the track where I could make some passes and that’s what I did on almost every lap. I moved myself from outside the top 20 to eventually finish in in eighth. I suffered some arm pump which wasn’t surprising but overall I’m happy with the ride after everything I’ve been through in the last few weeks.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It has been a difficult week for Calvin, trying to get ready for this race after only a few days on the bike. He did a couple of days of training to try and get ready but felt quite sore after that so we weren’t sure how he’d feel here in Mantova. Thankfully he showed real heart and determination to battle through and it was really impressive to see him moving through the field like that in the qualification race. His fitness still seemed to be at a good level and we are hopeful that he can go even better tomorrow.

MX2 2019
Qualifying Round 5   Mantova

Qualifying Race

Sunny
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 25:37.634
2 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 3.962
3 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 7.449
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 14.209
5 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 15.157
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 16.220
7 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna 22.382
8 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda 24.269
9 Jacobi Henry 29 GER F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 25.703
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 31.233
11 Beaton Jed 14 AUS Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 31.510
12 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 36.119
13 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 39.651
14 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 42.610
15 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 51.658
16 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 54.679
17 Haarup Mikkel 11 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 55.806
18 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM 56.707
19 Forato Alberto 303 ITA Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 57.177
20 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 57.890
Location Information

Viale Learco Guerra, 13m, 46100 Mantova MN, Italy - View in Google Maps