After recovering from injury for the last four weeks, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen returned to race action at the MXGP of Lombardia in what were extremely tough, muddy conditions in Mantova. A sunny day on Saturday preceded overnight rain which continued throughout race day, turning the track into a muddy mess which caused many riders problems in both races.

Unfortunately in race one, Vlaanderen was caught up in a first turn crash that included five or six other riders and he had remount in almost dead last position. With their only being one fast line around a lot of the track, passing was very tricky but the Honda CRF250RW rider didn’t give up and forced his way back into the points to finish 17th. A much better jump in race two meant he was clear of any problems and he could try and find a good rhythm on the difficult terrain. Despite having just a couple of days training in the last month, Vlaanderen kept a solid pace and was able to place inside the top 10, giving everyone confidence that he will get back to the form that saw him finish just off the podium spots in the first three rounds.

With the MXGP of Portugal next weekend, and France the week after that, there isn’t too much time to get ready but Vlaanderen and Team HRC will work hard to make sure he is fully prepared and raring to go when the gate next drops.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The day was completely different from yesterday with all the rain, and that meant the riding was a lot harder. I went down at the start of the first moto and had to pass a lot of riders to get back to 17th place. Then in race two I had a better start but made some small mistakes and ended up in 10th place. My riding wasn’t great but I am happy I could come here and race and get some points and I think that’s good for the next few weekends. Obviously we need to improve but with the help of my team I know that we will do everything possible to make that happen. I also know that each day my leg feel better and that will help me get back to my pre-injury form when I was challenging for podium positions.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was really good to see Calvin out riding this weekend. There was some doubt a few days ago but he proved that despite the long layoff that he is still fit and fast in this MX2 class. With a few more days on the bike, we know that he can be back to feeling like he did at the beginning of the season and when that happens, we are sure that he can get the podium position that his form has deserved.

MX2 2019
Race Round 5   Mantova

Race 1

Rainy
Air Temp
13°C
Track Cond
Mud
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:18.651
2 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 5.836
3 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 26.496
4 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 18 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna 40.315
5 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 16 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 1:05.236
6 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:12.915
7 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:37.577
8 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS 13 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:47.716
9 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:50.638
10 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 11 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:51.878
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:54.007
12 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 2:01.730
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 2:06.928
14 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 7 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki 2:24.558
15 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 6 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1 Lap
16 Furbetta Joakin 275 ITA 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 Lap
17 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 4 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 1 Lap
18 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 3 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM 1 Lap
19 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 2 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1 Lap
20 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 1 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
MX2 2019
Race Round 5   Mantova

Race 2

Rainy
Air Temp
14°C
Track Cond
Mud
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:52.290
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 8.779
3 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36.069
4 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 18 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna 52.541
5 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 16 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 58.348
6 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:01.889
7 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 14 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1:11.299
8 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 13 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:13.390
9 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:17.228
10 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 11 Team HRC - MX2 Honda 1:19.630
11 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 10 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 1:23.411
12 Haarup Mikkel 11 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:31.710
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:38.207
14 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:45.872
15 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 6 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 1:51.452
16 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 5 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 2:01.620
17 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 2:05.661
18 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 3 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 2:06.132
19 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 2:18.237
20 Zanotti Andrea 931 RSM 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 2:27.864
Location Information

Viale Learco Guerra, 13m, 46100 Mantova MN, Italy - View in Google Maps