The MXGP of Belgium saw Calvin Vlaanderen’s podium streak come to an end as the Team HRC rider was sixth overall at Lommel with a fifth and a seventh in the two MX2 World Championship motos aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW. With fifteen events out of twenty completed for the season, the 22-year-old from Cape Town still sits fifth in the standings, now just nine points shy of fourth place.
Vlaanderen maintained his qualifying position at the start of the first moto but was promoted to fourth place on lap ten when reigning champion Pauls Jonass crashed out of second. Calvin was eventually caught again by the Latvian rider, who passed him two laps later; he then tried to stay with his opponent and that helped him consolidate his position at the chequered flag.
Calvin was running in the top-five again at the start of the second moto. However, moments after he moved up to fourth place on Conrad Mewse, he crashed unhurt and re-joined in the eighth position. He soon moved past Marshal Weltin for seventh and began his chase of Ben Watson. He eventually passed the British rider on lap eight before overtaking Mewse again moments later, but then his pace dropped and by lap 12 he was down to eighth place again. He eventually crossed the line seventh at the end of an exhausting final MX2 race at Lommel.
The MX2 World Championship will return to action in two weeks at Frauenfeld in Switzerland (18-19 August).
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