Great start and solid result for Vlaanderen in qualifying race at Águeda

2018-04-15 09:31
Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen put together a solid performance in today’s qualifying race at Águeda in Portugal, as he crossed the line in sixth place aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW.

After earning an encouraging fourth gate pick in timed practice, Vlaanderen got off to a brilliant start and was second as the MX2 field attacked the first turn of the moto. Soon enough, the young South African was reached by Jonass, who overtook him on lap two. Calvin kept the reigning champion in sight for a while and rode past him as the opponent crashed unhurt two laps later.

With seven minutes left on the clock, a three-way battle for second place sparked, with Vlaanderen under attack from Olsen and a resurgent Jonass. The 21-year-old from Cape Town rode hard in the remaining laps – despite a painful shoulder from last Sunday’s crash at Arco – and was sixth at the chequered flag.

The two MX2 races of the MXGP of Portugal will get underway tomorrow at 14:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +1) and will be preceded by the 15-minute warm up session at 10:25.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10
Today was good. I had fun on the bike despite the track being quite rough and deep, with many ruts and lines. The line selection was particularly important! My start to the race didn’t go as planned and I found myself in the middle of the pack, but then I went around everybody and got up to fourth. I managed to keep the pace of the riders ahead, I was feeling good so now I look forward to the two races.

Calvin Vlaanderen
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP
Tim’s start was not an easy one but he was already up to fourth after a couple of turns. The track is not in the right condition to allow easy passes, so he was smart in managing his position and get a good gate pick for tomorrow. The guys did a great job and he really felt good on the bike, so we look forward to tomorrow, which is obviously the day that matters.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
Qualifying race
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 24:47.557
Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +3.169
Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team +5.141
Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +8.010
Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +8.830
Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 +19.790
Michele 747 ITA

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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