Calvin Vlaanderen wrapped up his Team HRC debut at Villa la Angostura with a brilliant performance in the second MX2 race of the day, as he claimed fifth place at the finish line aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine after a strong performance in the final stages of the encounter.

After an eventful start to the second race, which saw him entering turn one in sixteenth place, Vlaanderen was able to get up to speed and make his way past several opponents. As race two entered its final leg, Calvin had top-5 within his grasp as he closed in on fellow Honda rider Hunter Lawrence; he made a successful move on the Australian during the final lap and then narrowed the gap down to 0.129secs on fourth-placed Ben Watson as the two were almost side-by-side at the finish line.

In the opening MX2 race of the day and the season, Vlaanderen made a great comeback from 28th to 18th after a coming together with Jorge Prado on lap four sent both riders to the ground.

As the MXGP of Patagonia – Argentina draws to a close, Calvin Vlaanderen sits 10th in the championship standings with 19 points. The next Grand Prix on the calendar will take place at Valkenswaard in a fortnight’s time.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Overall we can be happy to go home safe because the track was quite sketchy in some places and I did all I could to be consistent and avoid any mistake. I’m a bit disappointed with my first race as the crash cost me quite a few places and forced me to fight quite hard just to finish 18th. I did not get the best start in race two but I was able to make some passes and I was sixth for a long time, but then I moved up to fifth and almost caught fourth place on the last lap. I’m happy with my riding and my fitness, and I know what I need to work on ahead of Valkenswaard. I would like to thank my team for their amazing job and for giving me such a great bike.”

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Overall we’re quite happy with today’s results. Obviously race one did not go as planned – that’s racing - but Calvin was really competitive in the final part of race two as he moved past Hunter and went so close to snatch fourth from Watson at the finish line. We know we have the speed to battle at the front and it’s a long season, so we look forward to the MXGP of Europe.

MX2 2018
Race Round 1   Argentina

MX2 Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Humidity
72%
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:44.373
2 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 22 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +01.993
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.509
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +21.540
5 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 16 STC Racing Husqvarna +39.686
6 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +40.184
7 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +41.891
8 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 13 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +43.238
9 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +44.951
10 Covington Thomas 64 USA 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +52.725
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +58.400
12 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:03.295
13 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:04.475
14 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:05.292
15 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 6 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:15.700
16 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:18.947
17 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 4 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:20.445
18 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 3 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:21.035
19 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 2 LRT KTM KTM +1:28.337
20 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:32.864
21 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 0 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:35.459
22 Souza Gustavo 891 BRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
23 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 0 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
24 Villaronga Sergio 276 CHI 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
25 Seibel Pablo Julian 375 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
26 Vasquez Javier 194 CHI 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
27 Bratschi German 122 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 laps
28 Righi Luciano 133 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 laps
29 Toro Lautaro 833 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +2 laps
30 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 0 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +9 laps
31 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 0 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +9 laps
MX2 2018
Race Round 1   Argentina

MX2 Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Humidity
72%
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:00.087
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +5.260
3 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +10.726
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +13.864
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +13.993
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +14.909
7 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.086
8 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +34.461
9 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +40.040
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +41.654
11 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +42.403
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +52.294
13 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 8 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +55.826
14 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 7 LRT KTM KTM +58.704
15 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 6 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:01.066
16 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 5 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:02.444
17 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:02.648
18 Covington Thomas 64 USA 3 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:15.747
19 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 2 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:28.035
20 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:39.955
21 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 0 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
22 Vasquez Javier 194 CHI 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
23 Souza Gustavo 891 BRA 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
24 Seibel Pablo Julian 375 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
25 Bratschi German 122 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
26 Villaronga Sergio 276 CHI 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
27 Toro Lautaro 833 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +5 Laps
28 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 0 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +6 Laps
29 Righi Luciano 133 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +10 Laps
30 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 0 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +14 Laps
31 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 0 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +18 Laps
Location Information

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