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Vlaanderen fifth in season opening MX2 qualification race

At the beautiful Villa La Angostura track in Patagonia-Argentina, Team HRC rider Calvin Vlaanderen put his CRF250RW in a solid fifth place for tomorrow’s main races. The rider from Cape Town got a good jump out of the gate but unfortunately was boxed in around turn one and had to make his way through the field from a mid-pack position. He soon got to work though and gradually picked off the riders in front of him, ending up in fifth place by the time the chequered flag was waved.

Despite not being able to put in a clean lap during timed practice, Vlaanderen was still able to post the sixth fastest time and headed into the qualification race with good feeling on the bike. And now with a gate drop under his belt, he can look forward to tomorrow’s motos which take place at 12:15 and 15:10 (GMT -3) where the first points of the 2019 MX2 world championship are at stake.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

In free practice I felt pretty good on the bike but I couldn’t put a clean lap together. However my section times were good so I knew I had the speed, if I could just put them all together. Sixth was still good for timed practice though and it gave me a decent gate pick. In the qualification race, I felt like I got a good jump out the gate but then got boxed in in the first corner and had to come through from quite far back. I felt that I was riding a bit too tight to begin with, because it was the first round but overall it was a pretty good race and I felt comfortable on the CRF250RW and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP

We were very happy with Calvin’s performance today, in what was the first day of this new championship. He put in good times in both practices and then finished in a solid fifth place in the qualification race, which leaves us in a good position for tomorrow’s motos. He showed that he can overtake people in the class and I believe that with a good first turn, he can challenge at the very front of the field.

Qualifying Race
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 24:24.613
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.267
3 Jacobi Henry 29 GER F&H Racing Team 3.547
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 18.925
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC – MX2 26.119
6 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports 28.658
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team 33.941
8 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE REVO Husqvarna UK 35.687
9 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 36.072
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 38.221
11 Vialle Tom 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 39.682
12 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL Team Diga-Procross 43.583
13 Haarup Mikkel 11 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 47.050
14 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM 48.129
15 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 49.340
16 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 51.626
17 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 56.104
18 Pessoa Gustavo 57 BRA Bike It DRT Kawasaki 56.665
19 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 57.371
20 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 57.597