Calvin Vlaanderen put in an impressive second moto to spring an unexpected podium result that was just reward for all the speed he has shown since his return from injury. Placing seventh in race one, he knew that he had an outside shot, but a strong second place in race two gave the tie-breaker in his favour and he recorded his best overall placing of the season with second overall.

Once again the Honda CRF250RW rider showed good speed all weekend, placing second in the qualification race on Saturday, as well as positing fast laptimes in the timed sessions. However after a small crash early on in race one, it seemed like it would be a repeat of the Czech Republic last weekend where it looked like he wouldn’t get the results his speed deserved. He did manage to get up to seventh but was frustrated that another round had potentially slipped through his fingers.

However, he didn’t let that affect him for race two and he stormed out of the gate and was quickly into third place. He stayed there for the majority of the moto which would have been good enough for third place, but when a rider in front had to retire, that bumped him up a place and into a thoroughly deserved best result of an injury-hit campaign.

With a weekend off before the next round in Imola, Italy, Vlaanderen has a chance to recover a bit more from his shoulder injury and put in some good testing sessions that will hopefully allow him to once again challenge at the front of the MX2 class on August 24-25.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It was a pretty good day today, although I was definitely disappointed after my first moto when I finished seventh. I had a small crash which dropped me down a few spots and that was frustrating. In the second moto I actually had some fun on the track, even with the tough conditions. My plan is to always have fun and the first moto I really didn’t enjoy it, but in race two things went a lot better. I flowed around the track with a good rhythm and even though I finished second, I didn’t expect to be on the podium. Only when they wrote on my pitboard near the end did I realise and obviously I’m really happy to finish second and have my best overall of the season.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was a crazy second moto for Calvin because after race one we thought a podium would be very difficult to achieve. However, he did everything he could to put himself in that position and he was rewarded for his efforts. Just like in the Czech Republic last weekend, he showed he had the speed but this time out he was able to show he could put in the results too and that was really impressive on this deep sand track. Since his injury he has comeback and ridden really well and it is just great to see his determination out there.

MX2 2019 Sunday, August 4th 2019RaceRound 14 MX2 of Belgium

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp27°CTrack CondSandy

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34:54.715
2GEERTS Jago193BEL22Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha20.055
3STERRY Adam811GBR20F&H Racing TeamKawasaki27.807
4VIALLE Tom28FRA18Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34.538
5WATSON Ben919GBR16Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha37.015
6RENAUX Maxime959FRA15Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha50.010
7VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL14Team HRC – MX2Honda1:03.456
8JACOBI Henry29GER13F&H Racing TeamKawasaki1:29.529
9ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE12REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:41.119
10SANAYEI Darian57USA11Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1:53.843
11GENOT CyrilBEL10Wildcard RiderKTM1:56.369
12HARRISON Mitchell35USA9BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1:58.329
13LESIARDO Morgan44ITA8Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM2:03.821
14BOISRAME Mathys172FRA7Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1 Lap
15SANDNER Michael766AUT6Wildcard RiderKTM1 Lap
16LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA5Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1 Lap
17SIKYNA Richard102SLK4JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1 Lap
18POLAK Petr313CZE3JD 191 KTM Racing TeamKTM1 Lap
19CONIJN Marcel85NDL2Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki1 Lap
20GRIEKSPOOR Lars299NDL1Wildcard RiderKTM1 Lap

MX2 2019 Sunday, August 4th 2019RaceRound 14 MX2 of Belgium

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp26°CTrack CondSandy

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34:57.670
2VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL22Team HRC – MX2Honda17.551
3WATSON Ben919GBR20Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha35.258
4VIALLE Tom28FRA18Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM43.489
5KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN16Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna58.086
6STERRY Adam811GBR15F&H Racing TeamKawasaki1:19.186
7RENAUX Maxime959FRA14Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha1:31.085
8STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA13BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1:34.925
9GENOT CyrilBEL12Wildcard RiderKTM1:40.207
10LESIARDO Morgan44ITA11Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:53.087
11ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE10REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:06.436
12JACOBI Henry29GER9F&H Racing TeamKawasaki2:05.593
13HARRISON Mitchell35USA8BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki2:21.677
14LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA7Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1 Lap
15BOISRAME Mathys172FRA6Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1 Lap
16SANDNER Michael766AUT5Wildcard RiderKTM1 Lap
17SANAYEI Darian57USA4Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1 Lap
18PANCAR Jan253SLO3Wildcard RiderYamaha1 Lap
19PESSOA Gustavo57BRA2Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1 Lap
20CARPENTER James484GBR1Wildcard RiderHusqvarna1 Lap

MX2 2019 Sunday, August 4th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA644Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN520Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
3VIALLE Tom28FRA416Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
4GEERTS Jago193BEL413Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
5JACOBI Henry29GER399F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
6STERRY Adam811GBR314F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
7WATSON Ben919GBR282Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
8RENAUX Maxime959FRA272Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
9BEATON Jed14AUS250Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
10VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL248Team HRC – MX2Honda
11BOISRAME Mathys172FRA233Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
12EVANS Mitchell43AUS226Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
13VAESSEN Bas98NDL219Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
14CERVELLIN Michele747ITA179Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
15VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL165Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
16POOTJES Davy46NDL157Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna
17LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA144Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
18HARRISON Mitchell35USA140BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
19ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE131REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
20WALSH Dylan53NZL101REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
21SIKYNA Richard102SLK99JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
22STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA94BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
23SANAYEI Darian57USA94Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
24LESIARDO Morgan44ITA71Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
25PICHON Zachary101FRA58Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
26MEWSE Conrad426GBR40Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
27SANDNER Michael766AUT29Wildcard RiderKTM
28VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL23F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
29FORATO Alberto303ITA23Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
30GENOT CyrilBEL23Wildcard RiderKTM

Courtesy HRC Honda