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Podium performance for Vlaanderen at the MXGP of Asia

Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen scored his first MX2 overall of the season, just two rounds after coming back from his ankle injury. After a fifth in race once, the CRF250RW rider knew he had to ride extremely well in race two to make it on the box, but that’s exactly what he was able to do at the Semarang circuit in Java, Indonesia.

Despite similar conditions to yesterdays’ qualifying moto, Vlaanderen was able to battle the heat and the tricky track surface to ride through the field in both races, proving that his resilience is there, even if he is still not back to being 100%. In the first moto he ended the first lap in eighth place, before settling into a solid pace that allowed him to close up to those in front. He made three paces in the space of five laps but couldn’t quite get any further as time expired, ending the race in fifth place.

A better start in race two meant that he was looking good for a podium spot if he could just make a couple more passes. The riders around him also needed to make passes for their podium aspirations, but Vlaanderen wasn’t to be denied, finishing in an impressive third place and taking the last spot on the podium. After starting the season with three fourth place overall’s in a row, this result was well deserved and a great way to head into the final third of the 2019 season.

The next round of the world motocross championship takes place in Loket, Czech Republic on July 27-28, which is another track that Vlaanderen likes after winning a moto last year and finishing second overall. With another couple of weeks of riding, he’ll be hoping to come out swinging once again and work his way even further towards the front of this MX2 class.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

In one way this podium was a bit of a surprise, but in another way, I feel like I’ve ridden well enough this year to have deserved to be on the box before. Obviously it is only my second race back from injury so I feel like I can improve even further both in speed and in my physical condition but I did feel really good this weekend. I tried to save a little bit of energy from yesterday, to make sure I could ride better today and it worked out well. I could push in both motos, which I couldn’t last weekend so already I have improved in one week so I just want to continue building and building. It was fun to be out there, with some good battles in both races and I enjoyed the whole weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP

Before we came to Indonesia, we weren’t really sure how Calvin would come back and perform, but we have been really pleased how well he has done. His fourth place in race one at Palembang was good, but to put in two strong motos here and to get the third place that he needed to get, showed how strong-willed he is, as well as how fast he can ride. We are really excited now for the rest of the year, especially for the next round in Loket where we know he can ride well after his moto win in 2018.

Race 1
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 35:45.473
2 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 11.411
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 14.405
4 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 16.869
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Team HRC – MX2 21.914
6 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 15 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 25.846
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 14 F&H Racing Team 26.182
8 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 13 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 36.313
9 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team 45.831
10 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 55.630
11 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 10 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 59.664
12 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 9 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 1:02.579
13 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 8 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 1:07.449
14 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 7 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1:08.722
15 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM 1:09.598
16 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 5 Honda 114 Motorsports 1:33.976
17 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 4 Wildcard Rider 1 Lap
18 Tjahjadi Diva Ismayana 206 IDN 3 Wildcard Rider 6 Laps
19 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 2 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 13 Laps

Race 2
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 34:45.752
2 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 22 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 3.916
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 20 Team HRC – MX2 7.887
4 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 11.826
5 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 16 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 13.925
6 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 14.813
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 14 F&H Racing Team 28.841
8 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 13 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 42.207
9 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM 44.253
10 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 11 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 44.854
11 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 45.298
12 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 9 Honda 114 Motorsports 1:06.268
13 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 8 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1:45.219
14 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 7 Wildcard Rider 1 Lap
15 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 6 F&H Racing Team 1 Lap
16 Tjahjadi Diva Ismayana 206 IDN 5 Wildcard Rider 4 Laps
17 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 4 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki 13 Laps
18 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 3 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 18 Laps
19 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 2 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 18 Laps

Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 544 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 466 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3 Vialle Tom 28 FRA 366 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
4 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 360 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
5 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 335 F&H Racing Team
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 246 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
7 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 242 F&H Racing Team
8 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 228 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
9 Evans Mitchell 43 AUS 226 Honda 114 Motorsports
10 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 220 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 219 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
12 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 197 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
13 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 184 Team HRC – MX2
14 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 179 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
15 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 157 Team Diga-Procross
16 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 146 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
17 Harrison Mitchell 35 USA 114 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki
18 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 113 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 104 REVO Husqvarna UK
20 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 95 REVO Husqvarna UK
21 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 83 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
22 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 79 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
23 Strubhart Moreau Brian 225 FRA 64 BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki
24 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 55 Honda 114 Motorsports
25 Lesiardo Morgan 44 ITA 52 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
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 Delvintor Alfarizi Muhammad 325 IDN 19 Wildcard Rider

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