Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen signed off his MX2 career with an impressive podium performance at the 2019 season finale, which was hosted at the brand new facility in Shanghai, China.

The track was praised by a lot of riders over the course of the weekend, providing a good surface and an interesting layout as the MXGP championship visited China for the very first time. For Vlaanderen, it was also provide some happy memories as the Honda rider finished the season and his time as an MX2 rider with a third place overall, putting in a second moto charge that gave him the finish he needed in order to beat out fourth place by two points.

In both races the CRF250RW rider got out the gate extremely well, rounding the corner inside the top three. Then in race one, a small mistake by another rider meant that Vlaanderen was in second for the entirety of the race, putting pressure on the leader but unable to get himself close enough to make the move for the win.

Race two didn’t quite go as smoothly as it was his mistake on lap one that dropped him from third to seventh. As usual, he didn’t get rattled and instead put his head down and fought his way back up to fourth place with just five laps remaining. This was the position he needed for the podium and as he crossed the line, it was obvious he had put everything into that ride to make sure his final MX2 race was a good one.

Although the season is now completed, Vlaanderen does potentially have one race remaining as he hopes to represent the Netherlands in what is a home Motocross of Nations for them. The Assen facility will be hosting this prestigious race on September 28-29 and Vlaanderen is one of two riders who are competing for the MX2 position in the three-man team. This gave extra importance to his ride and is further proof (after his moto win and podium in Sweden) that he would be a very strong choice for what will be a very strong Dutch team.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Today went really well and it was a great to end the season on a high note. It was also the final MX2 race of my career so to finish on the podium was a special moment and something I won’t forget. I had a good first moto with a good start and was riding in third. Then the rider in second crashed so I moved up a position and from there I kept pressure on the leader right until the end, finishing second. I also had a good start in the second moto but a small mistake on the first lap cost me some crucial positions and I dropped back to seventh. I knew that I would have to pass a few guys to get on the podium so I put my head down and went to work. I found some good lines and while I had some crazy moments, I wanted to leave everything out there on the track and try everything to get the podium spot. Thankfully I managed to do it and while I would have loved to have battled up front with the guys, it was still a great weekend for me and for the team and a nice way to finish up. Obviously I don’t know anything for the Motocross of Nations yet, but I think I proved with my performances that I am riding very well and I hope to be able to represent the Netherlands, and help us win in front our home fans in Assen.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Since his return from injury, Calvin has ridden really well and he proved it yet again by getting on the podium here in China. After a great first moto where he finished second, he was made to work for it in race two, but knowing he had to pass a few good riders to get on the box, he gave it everything had and achieved his goal. It was his fourth podium in eight rounds and a great way to finish his MX2 career. We are proud of all his efforts with the team this year and he has shown that the Honda CRF250RW is a world championship race winning bike, when he won the second moto in Sweden. We also hope he can ride one last time in Assen in a couple of weeks and we firmly believe that his recent performances have been of a high enough level that should see him chosen at the MX2 rider for the Netherlands.

MX2 2019 Sunday, September 15th 2019

RaceRound 18 MXGP of China

Race 1

CLOUDYAir Temp29°CTrack CondLoam

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34:18.828
2VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL22Team HRC – MX2Honda1.736
3VIALLE Tom28FRA20Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM4.084
4GEERTS Jago193BEL18Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha19.028
5KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN16Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna23.844
6RENAUX Maxime959FRA15Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha28.357
7LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA14Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM48.900
8STERRY Adam811GBR13F&H Racing TeamKawasaki51.886
9STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA12BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki54.000
10GUADAGNINI Mattia121ITA11Wildcard RiderHusqvarna55.032
11HARRISON Mitchell35USA10BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki55.874
12FORATO Alberto303ITA9Wildcard RiderHusqvarna1:18.083
13SIKYNA Richard102SLK8JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1:23.720
14PICHON Zachary101FRA7Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:59.021
15PAPENMEIER Larissa423GER6Wildcard RiderYamaha2 Laps
16WANG Ke519CHI5Wildcard RiderYamaha3 Laps
17PU Yang181CHI4Wildcard RiderYamaha3 Laps
18PENG Yongming42CHI3Wildcard RiderHonda4 Laps
19HU Bolin909CHI2Wildcard RiderHonda4 Laps
20CHENG Hao535CHI1Wildcard RiderHonda4 Laps

MX2 2019 Sunday, September 15th 2019

RaceRound 18 MXGP of China

Race 2

CLOUDYAir Temp29°CTrack CondLoam

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34:08.720
2VIALLE Tom28FRA22Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM0.650
3GEERTS Jago193BEL20Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha16.159
4VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL18Team HRC – MX2Honda20.472
5KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN16Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna23.718
6VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL15F&H Racing TeamKawasaki44.878
7RENAUX Maxime959FRA14Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha50.508
8STERRY Adam811GBR13F&H Racing TeamKawasaki51.687
9LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA12Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM54.312
10FORATO Alberto303ITA11Wildcard RiderHusqvarna54.662
11HARRISON Mitchell35USA10BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki57.094
12GUADAGNINI Mattia121ITA9Wildcard RiderHusqvarna1:33.710
13EVANS Mitchell43AUS8Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:41.007
14PICHON Zachary101FRA7Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:50.256
15SIKYNA Richard102SLK6JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1 Lap
16PAPENMEIER Larissa423GER5Wildcard RiderYamaha2 Laps
17WANG Ke519CHI4Wildcard RiderYamaha3 Laps
18PU Yang181CHI3Wildcard RiderYamaha3 Laps
19HU Bolin909CHI2Wildcard RiderHonda4 Laps
20PENG Yongming42CHI1Wildcard RiderHonda4 Laps

MX2 2019 Sunday, September 15th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA837Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN624Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
3GEERTS Jago193BEL543Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
4VIALLE Tom28FRA537Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
5JACOBI Henry29GER442F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
6STERRY Adam811GBR411F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
7RENAUX Maxime959FRA406Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
8VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL399Team HRC – MX2Honda
9BOISRAME Mathys172FRA303Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
10WATSON Ben919GBR282Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
11EVANS Mitchell43AUS277Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
12BEATON Jed14AUS250Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
13LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA220Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
14VAESSEN Bas98NDL219Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
15HARRISON Mitchell35USA191BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
16CERVELLIN Michele747ITA179Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
17VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL172Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
18ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE169REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
19POOTJES Davy46NDL157Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna
20SIKYNA Richard102SLK145JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
21SANAYEI Darian57USA140Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
22WALSH Dylan53NZL138REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
23STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA124BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
24PICHON Zachary101FRA103Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
25LESIARDO Morgan44ITA91Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
26VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL74F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
27FORATO Alberto303ITA68Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
28PANCAR Jan253SLO48Wildcard RiderYamaha
29HOFER Rene711AUT42Wildcard RiderKTM
30GUADAGNINI Mattia121ITA41Wildcard RiderHusqvarna

Courtesy Team Honda HRC