Vlaanderen and Team HRC claim second podium in a row in UK

Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

  MX2 of Great Britain

MX2 2018   Round 9

The MXGP of Great Britain has given Calvin Vlaanderen and Team HRC the second podium of the season after another epic battle over two, intense MX2 races at Matterley Basin. Aboard his Honda CRF250RW machine, the 21-year-old from Cape Town was fourth and third in the two motos of the day, and he now sits fifth in the championship standings after nine rounds.

Vlaanderen had a decent jump out of the gate in the opening moto and was seventh entering lap one. Throughout the course of the encounter, he was promoted up to fifth and, as the race entered its final stages, he was catapulted to fourth after Olsen experienced a technical problem.

Calvin had a good start to race two and managed to get himself within the top-five on the opening lap. After running as high as second, the young South African dropped down to fifth – a position which would have already guaranteed him the podium by finishing ahead of Watson. On lap seven, however, Vlaanderen moved up two places after Jacobi and Olsen tangled with each other while battling for third.

The pressure piled up on Vlaanderen in the final lap of the encounter as home-rider Watson tried a desperate comeback to get the better of the Honda rider for the final place on the podium. Calvin held off his rival up to the chequered flag to claim his second consecutive podium of the season.



 

The MX2 World Championship will return to action next weekend (9-10 June) at Saint Jean D’Angely in France.

Calvin Vlaanderen  10

It was a hard-fought podium, that’s for sure. I didn’t have the best start in race one and had to scythe through the pack a bit. Fourth was a good result; I was a little bit lucky with Olsen’s retirement, but we will take it. In the second moto I was pumped and ready for battle: I came off the start really well but I got pushed wide at the first corner. I made a few mistakes early on but then I got in a little bit of a groove and tried to follow the guys in front of me. I kept calm and focused because I knew it was going to be a long race, and it was great to finish third. To be getting a podium here in England is awesome: it’s good for myself, the team and everyone around me. We are working hard and we’re getting it done, which is what we need to be doing.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Calvin did a great job today. He was not as quick as in Germany but the result ended up being the same. That’s a very good sign, because it’s the will to succeed and fight through that takes you a long way in such a competitive championship. The team did a brilliant job and the rider put up a great battle, so we need to keep focused in order to get closer to the front. Well done to everyone!

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 36:21.35
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0.840
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +49.040
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 18 Team HRC – MX2 +55.651
5 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 16 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team +59.351
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +1:00.863
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 14 STC Racing +1:01.791
8 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team +1:06.628
9 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +1:10.412
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori +1:16.918
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:21.138
12 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 9 F&H Racing Team +1:23.584
13 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 8 F&H Racing Team +1:24.204
14 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 7 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK +1:27.542
15 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 6 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:28.619
16 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 5 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +1:29.314
17 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 4 Wildcard Rider +1:35.447
18 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 3 LRT KTM +1:42.841
19 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 2 JD 191 KTM Racing Team +1:45.596
20 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 1 KTM Rocket Junior’s +2:11.543

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 36:42.951
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1.294
3 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 20 Team HRC – MX2 +38.493
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +40.283
5 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 16 STC Racing +54.081
6 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 15 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +58.663
7 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +59.296
8 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 13 LRT KTM +1:07.559
9 Covington Thomas 64 USA 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +1:13.917
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori +1:23.880
11 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +1:29.485
12 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 9 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori +1:31.365
13 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 8 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team +1:43.276
14 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 7 Honda 114 Motorsports +1:44.089
15 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM Racing +1:46.185
16 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 5 F&H Racing Team +1:48.315
17 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team +1:52.285
18 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:56.048
19 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 2 Wildcard Rider +1:59.566
20 Sikyna Richard 102 SLK 1 JD 191 KTM Racing Team +2:01.378

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT 401 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 373 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 288 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 279 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA 234 Team HRC – MX2
6 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 215 F&H Racing Team
7 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 187 STC Racing
8 Geerts Jago 193 BEL 179 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
9 Covington Thomas 64 USA 166 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 160 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
11 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 156 LRT KTM
12 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 148 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
13 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 133 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK
14 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 127 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
15 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 106 Honda 114 Motorsports
16 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 104 TM Racing Factory Team
17 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 103 F&H Racing Team
18 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 74 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
19 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 68 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
20 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 63 F&H Racing Team
21 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 62 KTM Silver Action
22 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 56 Honda 114 Motorsports
23 Furlotti Simone 95 ITA 42 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
24 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 40 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
25 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 35 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
26 Weltin Marshal 56 USA 34 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team
27 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 24 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team
28 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 22 Team VHR KTM Racing
29 Boisrame Mathys 872 FRA 19 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
30 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 12 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori

 

 

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