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Eighth overall at the MXGP of Indonesia for returning Vlaanderen

After missing the previous five MX2 races, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen returned to action and scored a solid eighth overall in hot, tough conditions of Palembang, Indonesia which hosted the 11th round of the 2019 world motocross championship.

The day started really well for Vlaanderen with a good start in race one that left him in fourth place after the first lap. Riding a consistent speed and keeping up with those in front, Vlaanderen remained in fourth until the chequered flag, which was a really good comeback considering his lengthy layoff. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to replicate this in race two as he got pushed down the field in the first few bends. Then, as he set about charging through the pack, a crash on lap five left him right at the back of the field and with a lot of work ahead of him. Knowing that any chance of a podium has gone, Vlaanderen put his head down and worked his way up the leader board, picking off riders who were struggling around him, eventually finishing in 13th place. Despite the second race, he knows that his fitness is still improving and that he gets better every time the gate drops.

Vlaanderen now has a few days to get ready for the 12th round of the MX2 series which takes place in Semarang, Indonesia where he was third overall last year, narrowly missing out on a second moto victory.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It’s really good to be back at the GPs and I’ve missed it a lot to be honest. I’m still physically not 100% and it shows in my racing but I’m really happy to be back racing and to be here with the whole team. Today I had quite a positive day and even though I wasn’t able to end on a good note, I’m still taking it as a good overall performance. In the first race I got off to a good start and was immediately in fourth place, I found my own groove, riding good laptimes the whole race and I finished fourth which was very good. In the second race I also got a good jump but I was pushed wide in the first corner and was way back in the pack. I made some good passes the first couple of laps and was coming through well but then I made a mistake at the end of the pitlane and hit my ribs with the handlebars as I went off the track. After that I couldn’t even see the guys in front so I just wanted to put in some consistent laps for my own fitness, and I ended up in 13th.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP

As I said before the weekend, we weren’t really putting any expectations on Calvin for this weekend. We knew it had been a long layoff and we knew conditions would be tough with the heat and humidity. However we were really impressed to see him running in fourth for the whole of the first race, making no mistakes and just riding a solid pace. Things didn’t quite go as well in race two but overall we are happy with his comeback and we know he has much more to give in the coming few rounds.

Race 1
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33:40.277
2 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 6.767
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 20 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 14.306
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 18 Team HRC – MX2 20.497
5 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 25.275
6 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 35.933
7 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 14 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 43.472
8 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 13 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 48.482
9 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 12 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 50.722
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 11 F&H Racing Team 50.761
11 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 10 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 55.709
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM 58.658
13 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 8 F&H Racing Team 1:06.360
14 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 7 Honda 114 Motorsports 1:12.611
15 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1:18.671
16 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 5 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 1 Lap
17 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 4 Wildcard Rider 1 Lap
18 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 3 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 12 Laps
19 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 2 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 13 Laps

Race 2
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 33:51.534
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 3.587
3 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 7.156
4 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 13.464
5 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 16.017
6 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 15 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 21.456
7 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 14 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 25.820
8 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 13 F&H Racing Team 35.899
9 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team 37.093
10 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 11 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 38.253
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 10 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 44.589
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM 51.847
13 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 8 Team HRC – MX2 59.231
14 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 7 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1:11.743
15 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 6 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 1 Lap
16 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 5 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 1 Lap
17 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 4 Wildcard Rider 2 Laps
18 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 3 Honda 114 Motorsports 18 Laps

Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 494 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 443 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 334 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
4 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 326 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
5 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 307 F&H Racing Team
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 246 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
7 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS 226 Honda 114 Motorsports
8 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 224 F&H Racing Team
9 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 209 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
10 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 193 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
11 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 192 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
12 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 179 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
13 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 169 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
14 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 157 Team Diga-Procross
15 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 148 Team HRC – MX2
16 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 120 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 104 REVO Husqvarna UK
18 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 95 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
19 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 95 REVO Husqvarna UK
20 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 94 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki
21 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 79 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
22 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 68 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
23 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 58 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki
24 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 52 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
25 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 41 Honda 114 Motorsports
26 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 40 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
27 Van de Moosdijk Roan 39 NDL 23 F&H Racing Team
28 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 23 Wildcard Rider
29 Pessoa Gustavo 57 BRA 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
30 Sandner Michael 766 AUT 18 Wildcard Rider

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