Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen took a solid fifth place overall at Imola circuit after eight-three results weren’t quite good enough to see him finish on the podium for the second consecutive race.

Unfortunately his chances of backing up his second place in Lommel at the last round where thwarted almost straight away when another rider crashed right in front of the Honda CRF250RW rider in the second turn. By the time Vlaanderen had freed himself from the carnage, he was well outside the top 20 and in damage limitation mode. Once he found his rhythm, he quickly passed a number of riders and was inside the top 10 after just six laps. He made a couple more passes before the end of the moto but was unable to get close to the top five, which would have given him that outside shot of a podium.

Race two went a lot better as he started around the top five, quickly moving into third place where he remained for the rest of the moto, despite a late tip-over with a couple of laps left. This left him with eight-three results which were five shy of third place, which would have been a fairer reflection of the speed he showed over the weekend.

Next weekend gives Vlaanderen the perfect chance to get back on the box as the series heads to Sweden for what will be round 16 of the 2019 world motocross championship.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It wasn’t my best day today. I got a decent start in the first moto but got stuck behind a crashed rider in the second turn and that put me outside the top 20. I think I came from around 22nd to 8th which took a lot of effort on this hot day and I was quite tired after the race with all the energy I expended passing those guys. The second race went a lot better and I was around fourth, quickly passed into third and then I rode there the rest of the race. Unfortunately I crashed in the last two last laps but I was still able to finish third. So I went eight-three for fifth overall which is solid, but not what I’m after as I hope to be on the podium.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

After his podium in Lommel, we were really hoping that Calvin could get up on the box again here in Imola. Unfortunately another rider crashing really ruined his chances on the very first lap because he wasn’t able to get back to a high enough position after that. He still rode well though and in the second moto he showed his true position with a third and that is a real reflection on how he was riding this weekend.

MX2 2019 Sunday, August 18th 2019RaceRound 15 MX2 of Italy

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp32°CTrack CondHard Pack

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34:05.826
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN22Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna8.238
3RENAUX Maxime959FRA20Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha20.216
4GEERTS Jago193BEL18Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha26.794
5BOISRAME Mathys172FRA16Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda40.810
6HOFER Rene711AUT15Wildcard RiderKTM42.678
7LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA14Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM44.149
8VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL13Team HRC – MX2Honda44.985
9LESIARDO Morgan44ITA12Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:01.497
10PANCAR Jan253SLO11Wildcard RiderYamaha1:06.519
11LAPUCCI Nicholas211ITA10Italian FactoryKTM1:09.408
12ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE9REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:11.216
13JACOBI Henry29GER8F&H Racing TeamKawasaki1:18.825
14STERRY Adam811GBR7F&H Racing TeamKawasaki1:29.828
15PICHON Zachary101FRA6Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:36.622
16WALSH Dylan53NZL5REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:42.801
17SYDOW Jeremy104ARG4Wildcard RiderHusqvarna1 Lap
18SANDNER Michael766AUT3Wildcard RiderKTM1 Lap
19HARRISON Mitchell35USA2BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1 Lap

MX2 2019 Sunday, August 18th 2019RaceRound 15 MX2 of Italy

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp32°CTrack CondHard Pack

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM33:33.346
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN22Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna5.383
3VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL20Team HRC – MX2Honda9.582
4RENAUX Maxime959FRA18Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha11.834
5GEERTS Jago193BEL16Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha15.620
6JACOBI Henry29GER15F&H Racing TeamKawasaki43.287
7LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA14Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM49.076
8SANAYEI Darian57USA13Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki53.416
9ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE12REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna58.749
10SYDOW Jeremy104ARG11Wildcard RiderHusqvarna1:02.282
11HOFER Rene711AUT10Wildcard RiderKTM1:06.101
12WALSH Dylan53NZL9REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:08.450
13LESIARDO Morgan44ITA8Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:11.765
14SIKYNA Richard102SLK7JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1:14.703
15BOISRAME Mathys172FRA6Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1:20.061
16LAPUCCI Nicholas211ITA5Italian FactoryKTM1:20.815
17HARRISON Mitchell35USA4BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1:22.569
18POLAK Petr313CZE3JD 191 KTM Racing TeamKTM1:39.175
19PESSOA Gustavo57BRA2Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1:42.235
20PANCAR Jan253SLO1Wildcard RiderYamaha1 Lap

MX2 2019 Sunday, August 18th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA694Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN564Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
3GEERTS Jago193BEL447Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
4JACOBI Henry29GER422F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
5VIALLE Tom28FRA416Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
6STERRY Adam811GBR321F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
7RENAUX Maxime959FRA310Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
8WATSON Ben919GBR282Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
9VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL281Team HRC – MX2Honda
10BOISRAME Mathys172FRA255Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
11BEATON Jed14AUS250Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
12EVANS Mitchell43AUS226Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
13VAESSEN Bas98NDL219Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
14CERVELLIN Michele747ITA179Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
15LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA172Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
16VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL165Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
17POOTJES Davy46NDL157Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna
18ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE152REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
19HARRISON Mitchell35USA146BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
20WALSH Dylan53NZL115REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
21SANAYEI Darian57USA107Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
22SIKYNA Richard102SLK106JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
23STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA94BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
24LESIARDO Morgan44ITA91Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
25PICHON Zachary101FRA64Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
26HOFER Rene711AUT42Wildcard RiderKTM
27MEWSE Conrad426GBR40Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
28PANCAR Jan253SLO34Wildcard RiderYamaha
29SANDNER Michael766AUT32Wildcard RiderKTM
30PESSOA Gustavo57BRA24Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki