After missing the previous five MX2 races, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen returned to action and scored a solid seventh 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

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

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.

MX2 2019 Sunday, July 7th 2019RaceRound 11 MX2 of Indonesia

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp34°CTrack CondRutted

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM6.767
2VIALLE Tom28FRA22Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM33:40.277
3RENAUX Maxime959FRA20Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha14.306
4VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL18Team HRC – MX2Honda20.497
5BEATON Jed14AUS16Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna25.275
6KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN15Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna35.933
7VAESSEN Bas98NDL14Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM43.472
8VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL13Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda48.482
9BOISRAME Mathys172FRA12Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda50.722
10JACOBI Henry29GER11F&H Racing TeamKawasaki50.761
11STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA10BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki55.709
12LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA9Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM58.658
13STERRY Adam811GBR8F&H Racing TeamKawasaki1:06.360
14PICHON Zachary101FRA7Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:12.611
15SIKYNA Richard102SLK6JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1:18.671
16HARRISON Mitchell35USA5BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1 Lap
17DELVINTOR ALFARIZI Muhammad325IDN4Wildcard RiderHusqvarna1 Lap
18GEERTS Jago193BEL3Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha12 Laps
19HARRISON Mitchell35USA2BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki13 Laps

MX2 2019 Sunday, July 7th 2019RaceRound 11 MX2 of Indonesia

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp31°CTrack CondRutted

1KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN25Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna33:51.534
2PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA22Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM3.587
3VIALLE Tom28FRA20Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM7.156
4GEERTS Jago193BEL18Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha13.464
5BEATON Jed14AUS16Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna16.017
6VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL15Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda21.456
7RENAUX Maxime959FRA14Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha25.820
8JACOBI Henry29GER13F&H Racing TeamKawasaki35.899
9STERRY Adam811GBR12F&H Racing TeamKawasaki37.093
10HARRISON Mitchell35USA11BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki38.253
11VAESSEN Bas98NDL10Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM44.589
12LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA9Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM51.847
13VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL8Team HRC – MX2Honda59.231
14SIKYNA Richard102SLK7JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1:11.743
15BOISRAME Mathys172FRA6Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1 Lap
16STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA5BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1 Lap
17DELVINTOR ALFARIZI Muhammad325IDN4Wildcard RiderHusqvarna2 Laps
18PICHON Zachary101FRA3Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda18 Laps

MX2 2019 Sunday, July 7th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA494Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN443Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
3GEERTS Jago193BEL334Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
4VIALLE Tom28FRA326Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
5JACOBI Henry29GER307F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
6WATSON Ben919GBR246Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
7EVANS Mitchell43AUS226Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
8STERRY Adam811GBR224F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
9VAESSEN Bas98NDL209Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
10RENAUX Maxime959FRA193Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
11BEATON Jed14AUS192Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
12CERVELLIN Michele747ITA179Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
13BOISRAME Mathys172FRA169Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
14POOTJES Davy46NDL157Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna
15VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL148Team HRC – MX2Honda
16VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL120Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
17ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE104REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
18LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA95Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
19WALSH Dylan53NZL95REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
20HARRISON Mitchell35USA94BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
21SANAYEI Darian57USA79Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
22SIKYNA Richard102SLK68JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
23STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA58BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
24LESIARDO Morgan44ITA52Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
25PICHON Zachary101FRA41Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
26MEWSE Conrad426GBR40Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
27VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL23F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
28FORATO Alberto303ITA23Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
29PESSOA Gustavo57BRA20Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
30SANDNER Michael766AUT18Wildcard RiderKTM