Calvin Vlaanderen has taken seventh place in the MXGP of Lombardia, the eleventh round of this year’s MX2 season. The Team HRC rider was ninth and sixth, respectively, in the two, quarter-litre world championship races at the Ottobiano Motorsport complex, with high temperatures in northern Italy adding an extra challenge to riders, teams and fans today.

Vlaanderen found himself in 11th place as the MX2 field swept through the first corners of race one, but soon enough he began his comeback as he made a couple of successful passes on Vaessen and Bernardini to move up to ninth. The young South African rider kept a solid pace early on; as the laps went by, however, he only managed to recover one more position, but was eventually overtaken by Mewse on lap 13 to return to ninth place before the chequered flag was waved.

The second moto saw Vlaanderen storm past some rivals in the opening lap as he soon moved up to seventh place, after powering his Honda CRF250RW machine past Mewse. He then elevated himself to fifth after passing Vaessen and Jacobi, but he soon came under pressure from Ben Watson: after a successful overtaking manoeuvre by the Briton the two had a coming together, with Calvin regaining the position for half a lap before Watson got the better of him again. Vlaanderen consolidated his position in the remaining laps and crossed the line sixth.

Team HRC will now travel back to the nearby headquarters in Milan to get ready for the trip to Indonesia, with the first of two back-to-back rounds in the Asian country to take place in a fortnight’s time.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Not the weekend that I wanted. I struggled a bit all day, not really with the heat but with my riding as I didn’t really have a good pace. In race one my rhythm was not good, I was hitting the bumps instead of flowing over them and that cost more energy than it should have. I tried to save some energy for the second moto and gave my all. I got a good start but then I got hit in the first corner; I made some good passes in the first laps, which put me in a really good position, and I was around the top-five for the rest of the race. We’ll get back to work and hopefully make it back near the front in the upcoming races.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin did not have an easy weekend this time out as he struggled in finding the right pace at this track. He had flashes of great speed, like in qualifying yesterday, but somehow he couldn’t put it all together. The track was not an easy one to perform upon and it was clear by the number of crashes we witnessed today. I’m sure the ten days before Indonesia will work wonders, and we’ll be back fighting!

MX2 2018
Race Round 11   Italy

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 34:46.265
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.820
3 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +9.170
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +10.570
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +20.494
6 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +25.861
7 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 14 LRT KTM KTM +29.474
8 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 13 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +38.965
9 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 12 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +48.240
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 11 STC Racing Husqvarna +53.579
11 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 10 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +54.565
12 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:07.345
13 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 8 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:14.402
14 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 7 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:20.941
15 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 6 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:27.302
16 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 5 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:34.015
17 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 4 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:40.030
18 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 3 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 Lap
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 2 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 Lap
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 1 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1 Lap
MX2 2018
Race Round 11   Italy

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
31°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:11.237
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +7.520
3 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +13.522
4 Covington Thomas 64 USA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.657
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +20.559
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 15 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +33.829
7 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +45.623
8 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 13 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:03.780
9 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:10.120
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:22.739
11 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 10 LRT KTM KTM +1:36.355
12 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:42.643
13 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 8 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 Lap
14 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 Lap
15 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 6 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 5 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 Lap
17 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 4 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1 Lap
18 Toriani Enzo 783 FRA 3 E2T Racing Team Husqvarna +1 Lap
19 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 2 STC Racing Husqvarna +1 Lap
20 Bersanelli Edoardo 267 ITA 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 Lap
Location Information

Ottobiano, Province of Pavia, Italy - View in Google Maps