Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen started off the MX2 world championship with a solid fourth place at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina, tying on points with the third place rider but just missing out on the podium due to the second moto tie-breaker.

The Dutch-South African rider had two top 10 starts and worked his way quickly into the top five in both races. However he wasn’t quite able to challenge with the top three riders and had to settle for fourth overall and a total of 36 points from the weekend. While a podium would have been a welcome reward for the Team HRC rider, he still leaves Argentina happy with his performance and happy to still be fit and healthy after this hectic overseas race.

Round two of the MX2 world championship takes place at the Matterley Basin facility in England, which is another really impressive race track with big jumps and fast speeds, which make it a real test for both man and machine.

Calvin Vlaanderen  10

It was a solid and consistent day today. I’m reasonably happy with how it went and obviously I want to be on the podium at the end of the day but we’ll take fourth overall and it’s a good base for the season. It’s important to come out of the first round healthy and get rid of the nerves and just ease into the season after all the hype that comes with round one. I had two pretty good starts on my CRF250RW and could ride quite comfortably at the speed I was going and although I was a little bit off the speed of the first three guys, I feel like that will come on a different track. Overall I’m happy with how the day went and it’s a good weekend to build from.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was a shame for Calvin to just miss out on a podium spot after his 4-4 performance. Tying on points but losing out on the second moto tie-breaker is frustrating because he rode well and it would have given everyone a good boost after this first round. However we are still happy to leave Argentina with a solid points haul and with a fit and healthy rider, and we are looking forward to round two in England.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 PRADO GARCIA Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 34:50.385
2 KJER OLSEN Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 16.677
3 JACOBI Henry 29 GER 20 F&H Racing Team 23.565
4 VLAANDEREN Calvin 10 NDL 18 Team HRC – MX2 25.535
5 EVANS Mitchell 43 AUS 16 Honda 114 Motorsports 27.289
6 WATSON Ben 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 29.198
7 VIALLE Tom 28 FRA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 37.127
8 STERRY Adam 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team 39.496
9 MEWSE Conrad 426 GBR 12 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 41.631
10 POOTJES Davy 46 NDL 11 Team Diga-Procross 52.057
11 GEERTS Jago 193 BEL 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 1:01.848
12 SANAYEI Darian 57 USA 9 Bike It DRT Kawasaki 1:06.940
13 WALSH Dylan 53 NZL 8 REVO Husqvarna UK 1:07.458
14 VAESSEN Bas 98 NDL 7 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 1:08.003
15 ÖSTLUND Alvin 161 SWE 6 REVO Husqvarna UK 1:08.318
16 PESSOA Gustavo 57 BRA 5 Bike It DRT Kawasaki 1:10.616
17 VAN DONINCK Brent 32 BEL 4 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 1:12.967
18 CERVELLIN Michele 747 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 1:15.171
19 SIKYNA Richard 102 SLK 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1:23.049
20 HAARUP Mikkel 11 DEN 1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 1:27.412

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 PRADO GARCIA Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33:48.208
2 KJER OLSEN Thomas 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 4.825
3 EVANS Mitchell 43 AUS 20 Honda 114 Motorsports 12.437
4 VLAANDEREN Calvin 10 NDL 18 Team HRC – MX2 23.647
5 JACOBI Henry 29 GER 16 F&H Racing Team 30.601
6 GEERTS Jago 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 31.623
7 WATSON Ben 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team 34.405
8 VIALLE Tom 28 FRA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 46.909
9 STERRY Adam 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team 51.470
10 POOTJES Davy 46 NDL 11 Team Diga-Procross 53.754
11 CERVELLIN Michele 747 ITA 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 55.665
12 MEWSE Conrad 426 GBR 9 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 56.127
13 VAESSEN Bas 98 NDL 8 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee 1:01.645
14 ÖSTLUND Alvin 161 SWE 7 REVO Husqvarna UK 1:03.418
15 BOISRAME Mathys 172 FRA 6 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 1:13.268
16 PESSOA Gustavo 57 BRA 5 Bike It DRT Kawasaki 1:14.724
17 VAN DONINCK Brent 32 BEL 4 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor 1:16.354
18 WALSH Dylan 53 NZL 3 REVO Husqvarna UK 1:26.232
19 RENAUX Maxime 959 FRA 2 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori 1:36.229
20 SIKYNA Richard 102 SLK 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1:38.576

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 PRADO GARCIA Jorge 61 SPA 50 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 KJER OLSEN Thomas 19 DEN 44 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3 EVANS Mitchell 43 AUS 36 Honda 114 Motorsports
4 JACOBI Henry 29 GER 36 F&H Racing Team
5 VLAANDEREN Calvin 10 NDL 36 Team HRC – MX2
6 WATSON Ben 919 GBR 29 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
7 VIALLE Tom 28 FRA 27 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
8 GEERTS Jago 193 BEL 25 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
9 STERRY Adam 811 GBR 25 F&H Racing Team
10 POOTJES Davy 46 NDL 22 Team Diga-Procross
11 MEWSE Conrad 426 GBR 21 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
12 VAESSEN Bas 98 NDL 15 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee
13 CERVELLIN Michele 747 ITA 13 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
14 ÖSTLUND Alvin 161 SWE 13 REVO Husqvarna UK
15 WALSH Dylan 53 NZL 11 REVO Husqvarna UK
16 PESSOA Gustavo 57 BRA 10 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
17 SANAYEI Darian 57 USA 9 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
18 VAN DONINCK Brent 32 BEL 8 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
19 BOISRAME Mathys 172 FRA 6 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
20 SIKYNA Richard 102 SLK 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
21 RENAUX Maxime 959 FRA 2 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori
22 HAARUP Mikkel 11 DEN 1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing