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
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP
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|4||Watson Ben||919||GBR||279||Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team|
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