After a battling third place finish in moto one, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was in a good position to take another podium spot after his return from his mid-season ankle injury. Unfortunately a small mistake two thirds of the way through the second moto meant that he would slip to sixth and miss out by just one point at the MXGP of Turkey.

After two laps of race one, even a top five finish would have been impressive as the CRF250RW rider was down in ninth place. However, as he has proved time and again this year, he keep battling and fighting for every position and slowly but surely he moved up through the field. With just five laps remaining he was still in sixth place but then three passes in two laps saw him cross the finish line in a thoroughly deserved third spot.

Things were much the same in race two as Vlaanderen rounded the first lap in seventh place after getting pushed out of the top five around the first couple of turns. Once again he put his head down and within a few laps was up to fifth place, needing just one more pass to get his second podium in a row. With passing at a premium on the hard-pack Afyonkarahisar track, Vlaanderen made an error when looking for that pass and instead he dropped a position. As he regrouped, he posted the second fastest laptime of the race but he couldn’t find anywhere to make the necessary moves and instead had to settle for three-six finishes for sixth overall.

He’ll be hoping for a bit more luck next week in Shanghai, China in what is the final round of the 2019 MX2 world championship, at a brand new venue for the series.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It feels like the start of the year, when I was close to getting on the podium at the first three rounds of the season. To miss out by such a small margin is very disappointing but sometimes that is how it goes. My speed was good all weekend and I showed that with a clear track that I was one of the fastest guys, I just couldn’t make the passes when I needed to and that is what cost me my podium shot. Now I head to China determined not to let this happen again, and looking to round out the season on a good note.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

With four riders separated by just two points, the MX2 class proved once again how competitive it is, but it was a real shame to see Calvin miss out. His first moto performance was really positive, coming through the field well and making the passes when he needed too. Unfortunately he couldn’t do the same thing in the second race when the track was a bit more one-lined and that meant he finished sixth. Still, he doesn’t have long to bounce back and we are sure that he’ll do well at the last round in China.

MX2 2019 Sunday, September 8th 2019

RaceRound 17 MX2 of Turkey

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp30°CTrack CondHard Pack

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34:20.136
2GEERTS Jago193BEL22Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha21.779
3VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL20Team HRC – MX2Honda27.688
4RENAUX Maxime959FRA18Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha30.059
5VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL16F&H Racing TeamKawasaki31.774
6BOISRAME Mathys172FRA15Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda34.932
7STERRY Adam811GBR14F&H Racing TeamKawasaki35.481
8VIALLE Tom28FRA13Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM38.662
9FORATO Alberto303ITA12Wildcard RiderHusqvarna50.122
10SIKYNA Richard102SLK11JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM55.122
11GUADAGNINI Mattia121ITA10Wildcard RiderHusqvarna57.781
12LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA9Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:02.614
13HARRISON Mitchell35USA8BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1:05.212
14EVANS Mitchell43AUS7Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:10.503
15STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA6BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1:14.472
16ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE5REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:15.113
17SANAYEI Darian57USA4Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1:15.440
18PICHON Zachary101FRA3Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:25.933
19HORGMO Kevin240NOR2Wildcard RiderKTM1:28.305
20PANCAR Jan253SLO1Wildcard RiderYamaha1:37.757

MX2 2019 Sunday, September 8th 2019RaceRound 17 MX2 of Turkey

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp30°CTrack CondHard Pack

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34:09.237
2VIALLE Tom28FRA22Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM10.178
3VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL20F&H Racing TeamKawasaki11.960
4RENAUX Maxime959FRA18Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha13.700
5GEERTS Jago193BEL16Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha16.381
6VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL15Team HRC – MX2Honda22.481
7STERRY Adam811GBR14F&H Racing TeamKawasaki30.865
8FORATO Alberto303ITA13Wildcard RiderHusqvarna35.089
9EVANS Mitchell43AUS12Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda45.322
10GUADAGNINI Mattia121ITA11Wildcard RiderHusqvarna58.889
11BOISRAME Mathys172FRA10Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1:06.150
12PICHON Zachary101FRA9Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:06.235
13SIKYNA Richard102SLK8JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1:11.147
14SANAYEI Darian57USA7Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1:11.904
15ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE6REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:24.125
16LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA5Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:31.295
17PANCAR Jan253SLO4Wildcard RiderYamaha1:34.184
18STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA3BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki1:38.514
19POLAK Petr313CZE2JD 191 KTM Racing TeamKTM1:40.343
20DANKERS Raivo410NDL1Wildcard RiderYamaha1:46.965

MX2 2019 Sunday, September 8th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA787Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN592Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
3GEERTS Jago193BEL505Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
4VIALLE Tom28FRA495Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
5JACOBI Henry29GER442F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
6STERRY Adam811GBR385F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
7RENAUX Maxime959FRA377Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
8VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL359Team HRC – MX2Honda
9BOISRAME Mathys172FRA303Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
10WATSON Ben919GBR282Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
11EVANS Mitchell43AUS269Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
12BEATON Jed14AUS250Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
13VAESSEN Bas98NDL219Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
14LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA194Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
15CERVELLIN Michele747ITA179Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
16VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL172Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
17HARRISON Mitchell35USA171BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
18ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE169REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
19POOTJES Davy46NDL157Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna
20SANAYEI Darian57USA140Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
21WALSH Dylan53NZL138REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
22SIKYNA Richard102SLK131JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
23STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA112BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
24LESIARDO Morgan44ITA91Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
25PICHON Zachary101FRA89Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
26VAN DE MOOSDIJK Roan39NDL59F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
27FORATO Alberto303ITA48Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
28PANCAR Jan253SLO48Wildcard RiderYamaha
29HOFER Rene711AUT42Wildcard RiderKTM
30MEWSE Conrad426GBR40Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM