Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen has turned his MXGP of Trentino around by claiming fifth place at the end of the final race of the weekend at the Pietramurata motocross track. The 21-year-old South African rider rode his Honda CRF250RW machine through the shoulder pain caused by the crash that occurred on the opening lap of the first MX2 race of the day.

As the second encounter got underway, Vlaanderen had the perfect launch off the gate and he soon made his way up to third – a position he was able to maintain in the early stages of the moto. Despite losing a couple of positions, Calvin maintained a solid pace, which eventually helped him regain fourth place, before a mistake sent him back to fifth.

From then onwards, Vlaanderen carefully managed his rhythm to consolidate the top-5 finish at the chequered flag.

The fifth round of the 2018 Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend at Agueda in Portugal.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I was second at the end of warm up and felt really good on the bike as well as comfortable with the track. I had a not-so-bad start to race one and I was around tenth place entering turn one, but then another rider crashed into me and hurt my shoulder quite badly. We did all we could to take part in the second moto and I wasn’t sure I was going to ride, but I did and I actually had a good start, too. When you race at the front you don’t really think about the pain – at least for a while – but after the first ten minutes it made its presence felt and I had no strength in my shoulder any more. So with all of that I’m really happy with fifth place in the second moto and hopefully we can build on this result.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin did really good in race two despite his shoulder pain, which affected his ride more than we expected – especially from the second third of the race onwards. His fifth-place finish shows how quick he can be, and I think if things go more smoothly in Agueda we will hopefully see him back to his first-round form. I would like to thank the team for their outstanding work and we now look forward to returning to action in Portugal.

MX2 2018
Race Round 4   Pietramurata

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Humidity
37%
Air Temp
16°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:49.470
2 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 22 STC Racing Husqvarna +7.613
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.550
4 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +11.771
5 Covington Thomas 64 USA 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.890
6 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 15 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +18.733
7 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +30.941
8 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 13 LRT KTM KTM +38.538
9 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +39.870
10 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +43.836
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +45.363
12 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:04.613
13 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 8 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:09.160
14 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 7 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:14.895
15 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 6 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:18.225
16 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 5 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1:21.420
17 Bertuzzi Nicola 26 ITA 4 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:22.762
18 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:23.498
19 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 2 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:24.403
20 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 1 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:26.877
MX2 2018
Race Round 4   Pietramurata

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Humidity
40%
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 35:29.253
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.170
3 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +24.692
4 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 18 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +30.510
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +32.592
6 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 15 LRT KTM KTM +37.204
7 Watson Ben 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +38.459
8 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +41.585
9 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +57.055
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 11 STC Racing Husqvarna +57.795
11 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 10 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +1:00.317
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:02.561
13 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:04.381
14 Boisrame Mathys 872 FRA 7 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:14.319
15 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 6 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:14.578
16 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:27.514
17 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:29.682
18 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:30.148
19 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 2 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:35.534
20 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:39.967
Location Information

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