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Vlaanderen fights back to put himself in podium contention

Things were looking very promising for Calvin Vlaanderen after the MX2 rider posted the second quickest time in timed practice at the MXGP of the Netherlands. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to capitalise on his good gate pick for the qualification race as he got caught up in a first-chicane incident that left him right at the back of the field. Once he got going though, the Honda CRF250RW fought his way through the pack extremely well, passing 26 riders on his way to a 14th place finish. While this is lower down than he would have hoped, it still gives him a chance to battle the top guys and with the speed he showed throughout today, hopes are high he can get his first podium finish of the season.

Vlaanderen’s first gate drop tomorrow at this sunny Valkenswaard facility is at 13:15 (GMT +1), which takes into account the clocks going forward tonight.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The day started off well, I had a good feeling on the bike and with the track. The track is completely different from how it was last year because the temperature is 20 degrees warmer but it’s quite hard pack and not so deep compared with the years before. I felt good though, but unfortunately I got involved in an incident at the start of the qualifying race and it took me 30-40 seconds to get going after that. I fought back through the pack as best I could and ended up 14th, which wasn’t too bad. My feeling was good and my laptimes were comparable with the top guys so I’m happy with that. We’re now focused on tomorrow and I’m sure things will go better and my results can reflect the speed that I’m riding.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP

After being second fastest in timed practice, we were hopeful that Calvin could challenge for a race win. However a rider crashed right in front of him in the first chicane and he had nowhere to go and that meant he started from way behind the field. He then showed great determination and speed to carve his way through this MX2 class to get up to 14th place. With the laptimes he put in, we know that if he can avoid trouble tomorrow off the line, he is fully capable of getting his first podium of the season.

Qualifying Race
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 24:48.550
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 9.942
3 Geerts Jago 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 13.514
4 Jacobi Henry 29 GER F&H Racing Team 19.460
5 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL Team Diga-Procross 23.120
6 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 26.980
7 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 29.278
8 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 31.521
9 Vialle Tom 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 34.164
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 35.901
11 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team 36.380
12 Forato Alberto 303 ITA Wildcard Rider 38.778
13 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE REVO Husqvarna UK 42.211
14 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC – MX2 48.002
15 Beaton Jed 14 AUS Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 50.452
16 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 1:00.474
17 Tinkler-Walker Kade 651 CAN Wildcard Rider 1:03.881
18 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki 1:04.361
19 Sandner Michael 766 AUT Wildcard Rider 1:05.482
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA Honda 114 Motorsports 1:10.074

Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 94 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
2 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 78 F&H Racing Team
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 71 Team HRC – MX2
4 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 65 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
5 Watson Ben 919 GBR 63 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
6 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 50 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
7 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 50 Team Diga-Procross
8 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS 49 Honda 114 Motorsports
9 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 45 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 41 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
11 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 41 F&H Racing Team
12 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 36 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
13 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 33 REVO Husqvarna UK
14 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 32 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
15 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 26 REVO Husqvarna UK
16 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
17 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 19 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
18 Pessoa Gustavo 57 BRA 17 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
19 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 14 Wildcard Rider
20 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 11 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
21 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 9 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
22 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 8 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
23 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 5 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
24 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 4 Honda 114 Motorsports
25 Polak Petr 313 CZE 1 JD 191 KTM Racing Team
26 Furbetta Joakin 275 ITA 1 Wildcard Rider
27 Haarup Mikkel 11 DEN 1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

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