Calvin Vlaanderen has had a stellar race day at Loket as he wrapped up the MXGP of Czech Republic with a second place overall – and third consecutive podium finish – despite a difficult starting position. With a win in the first moto, a third place in the second race and 45 points overall – the same as the GP winner – the standard bearer of Team HRC in MX2 is now only 13 points shy of fourth place in the standings and 40 points away from the top-three.

Despite the 21st gate pick, Vlaanderen had an excellent start and was fourth as the MX2 field completed the opening lap of the race. After getting the better of Henry Jacobi and Michele Cervellin in the early stages of the moto, the 22-year-old rider from Cape Town put himself on the chase of the leading duo and powered his Honda CRF250RW machine first past Jorge Prado (lap ten) before taking the lead on lap 14 from Thomas Covington. Once at the front, Calvin never looked back and was five seconds ahead of the battle for second place before entering the final lap.

Vlaanderen was in eleventh place entering the first full lap of the second moto, and soon began his charge to the front. By lap six, he was all over Pauls Jonass for third and, after the two swapped positions a couple of times, Calvin lost a little bit of rhythm and ground from the Estonian opponent. Calvin did not give up and by lap 12 he completed the perfect pass on the reigning champion; it was a little bit too late, however for a last go at the overall win, which would have required a second-place finish after Prado edged Covington for first place in the moto.

The MX2 World Championship will return to action in a fortnight’s time (4-5 August) at Lommel in Belgium.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I feel really good, I had such a good weekend. I was disappointed about yesterday and the crash with Pauls which resulted in the 21st gate-pick. I woke up this morning and felt really good, though; I thought this was the kind of day in which I could prove myself and try to win, and I think my riding showed it. I felt I could do anything I wanted on the bike. The time I’ve been spending at the front aboard the CRF is giving me a lot more confidence, and with confidence comes the motivation to train even harder and give it all on the track. We are working really well as a team and I feel we’re in a very good place right now. We have a weekend off now before Lommel, which is a pretty brutal track for us riders, but if we can keep the same momentum there it will be a good weekend I’m sure.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Calvin has been absolutely incredible on the track today. He was able to turn a poor qualifying into two impressive performances and he was really close to getting his second overall win had he not lost a bit too much time trying to overtake Jonass in race two. We’re very happy to see him so comfortable, quick and aggressive out there: I know he wanted the win and that didn’t come, but it’s 45 points anyway and now the top-three is getting closer, so we must keep going this way. Thank you to the team for the outstanding work: the bike was set-up perfectly and a pleasure to watch on track.

MX2 2018
Race Round 14   Czech Republic

Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
25°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 25 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 33:49.461
2 Covington Thomas 64 USA 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2.429
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.000
4 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +4.957
5 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +6.680
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +16.661
7 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +31.581
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 STC Racing Husqvarna +37.706
9 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +43.039
10 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +47.676
11 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +50.498
12 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +52.057
13 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 8 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:10.410
14 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 7 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:12.253
15 Edelbacher Roland 109 AUT 6 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:12.959
16 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 5 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:17.199
17 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 4 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:21.377
18 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 3 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1:29.274
19 Bertuzzi Nicola 26 ITA 2 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:35.146
20 Krc Martin 377 CZE 1 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:44.529
MX2 2018
Race Round 14   Czech Republic

Race 2

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33:59.877
2 Covington Thomas 64 USA 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1.736
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 20 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +10.271
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +14.561
5 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +20.793
6 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +40.508
7 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 14 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +45.749
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 STC Racing Husqvarna +46.400
9 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +53.877
10 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +57.247
11 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 10 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:15.947
12 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 9 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:18.163
13 Edelbacher Roland 109 AUT 8 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:20.022
14 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:28.109
15 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 6 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:28.917
16 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 5 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:37.473
17 Koch Tom 226 GER 4 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:40.407
18 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 3 KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +1:42.996
19 Krc Martin 377 CZE 2 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:47.658
20 Gole Anton 297 SWE 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:55.594
Location Information

Československé armády 350/40, 357 33 Loket, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps