After missing the previous five MX2 races, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen returned to action and scored a solid eighth overall in hot, tough conditions of Palembang, Indonesia which hosted the 11th round of the 2019 world motocross championship.
The day started really well for Vlaanderen with a good start in race one that left him in fourth place after the first lap. Riding a consistent speed and keeping up with those in front, Vlaanderen remained in fourth until the chequered flag, which was a really good comeback considering his lengthy layoff. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to replicate this in race two as he got pushed down the field in the first few bends. Then, as he set about charging through the pack, a crash on lap five left him right at the back of the field and with a lot of work ahead of him. Knowing that any chance of a podium has gone, Vlaanderen put his head down and worked his way up the leader board, picking off riders who were struggling around him, eventually finishing in 13th place. Despite the second race, he knows that his fitness is still improving and that he gets better every time the gate drops.
Vlaanderen now has a few days to get ready for the 12th round of the MX2 series which takes place in Semarang, Indonesia where he was third overall last year, narrowly missing out on a second moto victory.
For Team Redmoto Assomotor’s Brent van Doninck, it was a season-best points tally with 28 points, which was good enough for sixth overall, which included a strong sixth place finish in the second race. Team mate Mathys Boisrame also put his Honda CR250F inside the top 10 in race with a good ninth.