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.