Fifth overall for Vlaanderen at the MXGP of Italy

2019-08-19 06:26
Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen took a solid fifth place overall at Imola circuit after eight-three results weren’t quite good enough to see him finish on the podium for the second consecutive race.

Unfortunately his chances of backing up his second place in Lommel at the last round where thwarted almost straight away when another rider crashed right in front of the Honda CRF250RW rider in the second turn. By the time Vlaanderen had freed himself from the carnage, he was well outside the top 20 and in damage limitation mode. Once he found his rhythm, he quickly passed a number of riders and was inside the top 10 after just six laps. He made a couple more passes before the end of the moto but was unable to get close to the top five, which would have given him that outside shot of a podium.

Race two went a lot better as he started around the top five, quickly moving into third place where he remained for the rest of the moto, despite a late tip-over with a couple of laps left. This left him with eight-three results which were five shy of third place, which would have been a fairer reflection of the speed he showed over the weekend.

Next weekend gives Vlaanderen the perfect chance to get back on the box as the series heads to Sweden for what will be round 16 of the 2019 world motocross championship.

Calvin Vlaanderen 10
It wasn’t my best day today. I got a decent start in the first moto but got stuck behind a crashed rider in the second turn and that put me outside the top 20. I think I came from around 22nd to 8th which took a lot of effort on this hot day and I was quite tired after the race with all the energy I expended passing those guys. The second race went a lot better and I was around fourth, quickly passed into third and then I rode there the rest of the race. Unfortunately I crashed in the last two last laps but I was still able to finish third. So I went eight-three for fifth overall which is solid, but not what I’m after as I hope to be on the podium.

Calvin Vlaanderen
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP
After his podium in Lommel, we were really hoping that Calvin could get up on the box again here in Imola. Unfortunately another rider crashing really ruined his chances on the very first lap because he wasn’t able to get back to a high enough position after that. He still rode well though and in the second moto he showed his true position with a third and that is a real reflection on how he was riding this weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
Race 1
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 34:05.826
Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 8.238
Maxime 959 FRA 20 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori 20.216
Jago 193 BEL 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 26.794
Mathys 172 FRA 16 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 40.810
Rene 711 AUT 15 Wildcard Rider 42.678

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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