Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen showed good speed all weekend at the MXGP of the Czech Republic, posting times in the top two in all the practice sessions and even riding inside the top four for the majority of the two races. Unfortunately, though, he wasn’t quite able to translate this speed into podium results and instead had to settle for seventh overall after nine-five race results.

Getting a good start in race one at the Loket facility, the Honda CRF250RW rider was stuck in third place for the first 11 laps, unable to find a passing spot for the rider ahead, which would then have allowed him to go for the leader. Instead, on the twelfth lap, as he looked to sweep around the outside, the two riders lines came together and both ended up on the ground. Vlaanderen was able to remount, but he’d lost seven spots in the incident and despite making one more pass, finished the race in ninth place.

It was a similar story in race two as Vlaanderen rounded the first bend in fourth place. It took him eight laps to move into third and as he once again set his sights on the top two, a small mistake cost him a few positions and he dropped to sixth. He quickly moved back to fifth but any chance of a podium had gone and instead he had to settle for seventh overall. Still, there were a lot of positives to take out from the weekend and he’ll be looking to show similar speed next weekend when the series heads to the deep sand of Lommel, Belgium on August 3-4.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It wasn’t a great pair of races to be honest. I’m a bit disappointed with the results, but I’m happy with my riding. I didn’t feel fast, but I proved in a lot of sessions that I was one of the fastest out there, especially in the first race. I had a good start and was riding behind Tom (Vialle) and for 20 minutes I was getting roosted by him and I was trying everything to pass him but the track was so one lined and I couldn’t find a way. In the end I tried and he cut me off at the last second and we came together and we both went down. This was unfortunate but I was able to pick the bike up and finish ninth. Second race I had a pretty good start again, I moved from fourth to third and I then I had a small tipover. I didn’t feel great in that second moto but overall I’m happy with my speed and I’m going to keep working in order to make the most of these five remaining GPs.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was good to see Calvin at the top of the leaderboards in a lot of the sessions this weekend, but obviously it’s a little disappointing that he wasn’t able to translate that into a podium points haul. It was a difficult track to race on and he ate a lot of roost in both motos because there weren’t a lot of lines out there, but he definitely deserved better with the speed he was showing. Still, we move onto the next round in Lommel and I’m sure Calvin will already be focusing on doing well there.

MX2 2019 Sunday, July 28th 2019RaceRound 13 MX2 of Czech Republic

Race 1

CLOUDYAir Temp28°CTrack CondHard Pack

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM33:47.804
2JACOBI Henry29GER22F&H Racing TeamKawasaki8.007
3KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN20Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna11.631
4BEATON Jed14AUS18Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna17.866
5GEERTS Jago193BEL16Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha23.742
6STERRY Adam811GBR15F&H Racing TeamKawasaki31.285
7LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA14Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM35.625
8STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA13BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki38.545
9VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL12Team HRC – MX2Honda38.910
10VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL11Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda42.142
11BOISRAME Mathys172FRA10Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda43.791
12HARRISON Mitchell35USA9BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki44.204
13HORGMO Kevin240NOR8Wildcard RiderKTM46.345
14HOFER Rene711AUT7Wildcard RiderKTM47.892
15RENAUX Maxime959FRA6Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha54.432
16SIKYNA Richard102SLK5JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM55.608
17PANCAR Jan253SLO4Wildcard RiderYamaha56.776
18PICHON Zachary101FRA3Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:12.620
19ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE2REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:15.315
20ROOSIORG Hardi75EST1Sahkar KTM RacingKTM1:19.154

MX2 2019 Sunday, July 28th 2019RaceRound 13 MX2 of Czech Republic

Race 2

CLOUDYAir Temp28°CTrack CondHard Pack

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM35:33.413
2STERRY Adam811GBR22F&H Racing TeamKawasaki10.244
3JACOBI Henry29GER20F&H Racing TeamKawasaki17.878
4KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN18Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna20.837
5VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL16Team HRC – MX2Honda25.531
6GEERTS Jago193BEL15Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha32.755
7VIALLE Tom28FRA14Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM40.264
8BOISRAME Mathys172FRA13Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda48.725
9BEATON Jed14AUS12Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna49.242
10HORGMO Kevin240NOR11Wildcard RiderKTM56.925
11HOFER Rene711AUT10Wildcard RiderKTM1:00.790
12RENAUX Maxime959FRA9Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha1:04.005
13VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL8Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1:04.955
14SIKYNA Richard102SLK7JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1:07.585
15WALSH Dylan53NZL6REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:19.654
16LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA5Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:27.588
17STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA4BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1:31.066
18ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE3REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:32.505
19PANCAR Jan253SLO2Wildcard RiderYamaha1:46.066
20POLAK Petr313CZE1JD 191 KTM Racing TeamKTM1 Lap

MX2 2019 Sunday, July 28th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA594Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN504Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
3GEERTS Jago193BEL391Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
4VIALLE Tom28FRA380Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
5JACOBI Henry29GER377F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
6STERRY Adam811GBR279F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
7BEATON Jed14AUS250Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
8WATSON Ben919GBR246Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
9RENAUX Maxime959FRA243Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
10EVANS Mitchell43AUS226Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
11BOISRAME Mathys172FRA220Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
12VAESSEN Bas98NDL219Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
13VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL212Team HRC – MX2Honda
14CERVELLIN Michele747ITA179Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
15VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL165Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
16POOTJES Davy46NDL157Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna
17LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA132Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
18HARRISON Mitchell35USA123BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
19ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE109REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
20WALSH Dylan53NZL101REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
21SIKYNA Richard102SLK95JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
22STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA81BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
23SANAYEI Darian57USA79Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
24PICHON Zachary101FRA58Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
25LESIARDO Morgan44ITA52Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
26MEWSE Conrad426GBR40Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
27VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL23F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
28FORATO Alberto303ITA23Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
29PESSOA Gustavo57BRA20Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
30HORGMO Kevin240NOR19Wildcard RiderKTM

Courtesy Honda