Making his debut for Honda 114 Motorsports, Mitch Evans put in a performance that exceeded all expectations by getting third place on the podium in his debut MX2 ride.

The young Australian started off well, rounding the first corner inside the top 10 and he worked his forward until he finished in fifth place, just four seconds behind third place. Then in race two it went even better as he crossed for the first lap in second place. He held this position for four laps before dropping one spot, but was still able to receive the chequered flag in third place, which gave him the winning second moto tie-breaker after tying with both Calvin Vlaanderen and Henry Jacobi on 36 points.

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 Evans 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

Calvin Vlaanderen

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.

Team HRC – MX2
Marcus Pereira De Freitas

Marcus Pereira De Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

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.

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Patagonia (Argentina)

Neuquen, Argentina

MX2 2019, Round 1

Cloudy / 12
Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 18:54 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 12°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33:48.208
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +4.825
3 Mitchell Evans 43 AUS 20 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +12.437
4 Calvin Vlaanderen NDL 18 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +23.647
5 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 16 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +30.601
6 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +31.623
7 Ben Watson 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +34.405
8 Tom Vialle 28 FRA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +46.909
9 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 12 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +51.470
10 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL 11 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +53.754
11 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +55.665
12 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 9 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +56.127
13 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 8 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +1:01.645
14 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 7 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +1:03.418
15 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA 6 Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +1:13.268
16 Gustavo Pessoa 56 BRA 5 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:14.724
17 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 4 Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +1:16.354
18 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 3 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +1:26.232
19 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 2 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:36.229
20 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:38.576
Cloudy / 15
Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 15:54 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:50.385
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +16.677
3 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 20 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +23.565
4 Calvin Vlaanderen NDL 18 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +25.535
5 Mitchell Evans 43 AUS 16 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +27.289
6 Ben Watson 919 GBR 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +29.198
7 Tom Vialle 28 FRA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +37.127
8 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +39.496
9 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 12 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +41.631
10 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL 11 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +52.057
11 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:01.848
12 Darian Sanayei 57 USA 9 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:06.940
13 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 8 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +1:07.458
14 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 7 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +1:08.003
15 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 6 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +1:08.318
16 Gustavo Pessoa 56 BRA 5 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:10.616
17 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 4 Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +1:12.967
18 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:15.171
19 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:23.049
20 Mikkel Haarup 11 DEN 1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:27.412
Sunny / 22
Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 19:01 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 24:24.613
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.267
3 Henry Jacobi 29 GER F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +3.547
4 Ben Watson 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +18.925
5 Calvin Vlaanderen NDL Team HRC – MX2 Honda +26.119
6 Mitchell Evans 43 AUS Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +28.658
7 Adam Sterry 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +33.941
8 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +35.687
9 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +36.072
10 Jago Geerts 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +38.221
11 Tom Vialle 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +39.682
12 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +43.583
13 Mikkel Haarup 11 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +47.050
14 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +48.129
15 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +49.340
16 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +51.626
17 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +56.104
18 Gustavo Pessoa 56 BRA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +56.665
19 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +57.371
20 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +57.597
21 Zachary Pichon 101 FRA Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +59.298
Rider Standings
Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 50 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 44 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
3 Mitchell EVANS 43 AUS 36 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
4 Calvin VLAANDEREN NDL 36 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
5 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 36 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
6 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 29 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
7 Tom VIALLE 28 FRA 27 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Jago GEERTS 193 BEL 25 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
9 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 25 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
10 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 22 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
11 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 21 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM
12 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 15 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM
13 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 13 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
14 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 13 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
15 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 11 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
16 Gustavo PESSOA 56 BRA 10 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
17 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 9 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 8 Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
19 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 6 Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
20 Richard SIKYNA 102 SLK 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
21 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 2 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
22 Mikkel HAARUP 11 DEN 1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna