After recovering from injury for the last four weeks, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen returned to race action at the MXGP of Lombardia in what were extremely tough, muddy conditions in Mantova. A sunny day on Saturday preceded overnight rain which continued throughout race day, turning the track into a muddy mess which caused many riders problems in both races.

Unfortunately in race one, Vlaanderen was caught up in a first turn crash that included five or six other riders and he had remount in almost dead last position. With their only being one fast line around a lot of the track, passing was very tricky but the Honda CRF250RW rider didn’t give up and forced his way back into the points to finish 17th. A much better jump in race two meant he was clear of any problems and he could try and find a good rhythm on the difficult terrain. Despite having just a couple of days training in the last month, Vlaanderen kept a solid pace and was able to place inside the top 10, giving everyone confidence that he will get back to the form that saw him finish just off the podium spots in the first three rounds.

With the MXGP of Portugal next weekend, and France the week after that, there isn’t too much time to get ready but Vlaanderen and Team HRC will work hard to make sure he is fully prepared and raring to go when the gate next drops.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

The day was completely different from yesterday with all the rain, and that meant the riding was a lot harder. I went down at the start of the first moto and had to pass a lot of riders to get back to 17th place. Then in race two I had a better start but made some small mistakes and ended up in 10th place. My riding wasn’t great but I am happy I could come here and race and get some points and I think that’s good for the next few weekends. Obviously we need to improve but with the help of my team I know that we will do everything possible to make that happen. I also know that each day my leg feel better and that will help me get back to my pre-injury form when I was challenging for podium positions.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was really good to see Calvin out riding this weekend. There was some doubt a few days ago but he proved that despite the long layoff that he is still fit and fast in this MX2 class. With a few more days on the bike, we know that he can be back to feeling like he did at the beginning of the season and when that happens, we are sure that he can get the podium position that his form has deserved.

MX2 2019 Sunday, May 12th 2019RaceRound 5 MX2 of Lombardia

Race 1

RAINYAir Temp13°CTrack CondMud

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM35:18.651
2GEERTS Jago193BEL22Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha5.836
3BEATON Jed14AUS20Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna26.496
4POOTJES Davy46NDL18Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna40.315
5VAESSEN Bas98NDL16Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM1:05.236
6KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN15Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna1:12.915
7LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA14Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:37.577
8EVANS Mitchell43AUS13Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:47.716
9LESIARDO Morgan44ITA12Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:50.638
10SIKYNA Richard102SLK11JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM1:51.878
11JACOBI Henry29GER10F&H Racing TeamKawasaki1:54.007
12STERRY Adam811GBR9F&H Racing TeamKawasaki2:01.730
13WATSON Ben919GBR8Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha2:06.928
14STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA7BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki2:24.558
15BOISRAME Mathys172FRA6Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1 Lap
16FURBETTA Joakin275ITA5Wildcard RiderHusqvarna1 Lap
17VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL4Team HRC – MX2Honda1 Lap
18ROOSIORG Hardi75EST3Sahkar KTM RacingKTM1 Lap
19WALSH Dylan53NZL2REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1 Lap
20SANDNER Michael766AUT1Wildcard RiderKTM1 Lap

MX2 2019 Sunday, May 12th 2019RaceRound 5 MX2 of Lombardia

Race 2

RAINYAir Temp14°CTrack CondMud

1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM36:52.290
2KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN22Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna8.779
3VIALLE Tom28FRA20Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM36.069
4POOTJES Davy46NDL18Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna52.541
5WALSH Dylan53NZL16REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna58.348
6EVANS Mitchell43AUS15Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda1:01.889
7BOISRAME Mathys172FRA14Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda1:11.299
8RENAUX Maxime959FRA13Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha1:13.390
9LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA12Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM1:17.228
10VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL11Team HRC – MX2Honda1:19.630
11ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE10REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna1:23.411
12HAARUP Mikkel11DEN9Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna1:31.710
13WATSON Ben919GBR8Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha1:38.207
14STERRY Adam811GBR7F&H Racing TeamKawasaki1:45.872
15VAESSEN Bas98NDL6Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM1:51.452
16CERVELLIN Michele747ITA5Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha2:01.620
17BEATON Jed14AUS4Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna2:05.661
18GEERTS Jago193BEL3Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha2:06.132
19SIKYNA Richard102SLK2JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM2:18.237
20ZANOTTI Andrea931RSM1Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM2:27.864

MX2 2019 Sunday, May 12th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN207Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
2PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA200Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
3JACOBI Henry29GER157F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
4GEERTS Jago193BEL150Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
5WATSON Ben919GBR145Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha
6VIALLE Tom28FRA141Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
7VLAANDEREN Calvin10NDL122Team HRC – MX2Honda
8EVANS Mitchell43AUS117Honda 114 MotorsportsHonda
9POOTJES Davy46NDL112Team Diga-ProcrossHusqvarna
10STERRY Adam811GBR105F&H Racing TeamKawasaki
11VAESSEN Bas98NDL94Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
12CERVELLIN Michele747ITA78Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
13BEATON Jed14AUS78Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
14BOISRAME Mathys172FRA62Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
15ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE54REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
16RENAUX Maxime959FRA52Yamaha SM Action – M.C. MiglioriYamaha
17WALSH Dylan53NZL51REVO Husqvarna UKHusqvarna
18VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL40Team Honda Red Moto AssomotorHonda
19MEWSE Conrad426GBR40Hitachi KTM fuelled by MilwaukeeKTM
20LARRANAGA OLANO Iker66SPA39Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
21SIKYNA Richard102SLK27JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
22FORATO Alberto303ITA23Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
23SANAYEI Darian57USA20Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
24SANDNER Michael766AUT17Wildcard RiderKTM
25PESSOA Gustavo57BRA17Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
26LESIARDO Morgan44ITA12Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM
27HAARUP Mikkel11DEN10Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
28STRUBHART MOREAU Brian225FRA9BUD Racing Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
29FURBETTA Joakin275ITA6Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
30ZANOTTI Andrea931RSM5Marchetti Racing Team KTMKTM