At the final round of the 2018 world motocross championships, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser made it three second place finishes out of the last four rounds by going two-two at the MXGP of Italy, held at the motor racing circuit in Imola. In the MX2 class, Hunter Lawrence also showed impressive speed as he led most of the first race, and then in race two, he came back from outside the top 10 all the way up to second place. The Team Honda 114 Motorsports rider make the technical conditions look easy as he swept through the field and with a couple more laps could have easily taken a much deserved win.

In the MX2 class, Hunter Lawrence showed great speed all weekend, putting his Honda CRF250R right at the front of the field for a long portion of the first moto, building upon his recent run of good form. Unfortunately a technical issue robbed the Australian rider of his first moto win of the season but he didn’t let that setback get him down and he came out determined to repeat the effort in race two. A bad jump out the gate meant he had his work cut out, but he put his head down and charged through the field, on a track that others were finding difficult to pass on. Lawrence came all the way through to second and was closing in on the leader as time expired, proving to everyone watching that he was the fastest guy on the track.

Teammate Bas Vaessen also raced well on the track, making a number of passes himself as he continued his points-scoring streak. After an injury-hit season, the Dutch youngster scored points in the last eight motos and can use that as a good platform as he now gets himself ready for the 2019 MX2 world championship. Calvin Vlaanderen’s attempt at finishing the season strongly were hampered by an outside gate pick, which meant he had to work extremely hard to get inside the top 10. With a full gate of MX2 riders for this find round, he had to settle for an eighth in the second moto, which saw him finish a solid sixth in the championship.

Calvin and Hunter now head to America where they’ll be racing the Motocross of Nations at the iconic Red Bud circuit in Michigan for the Netherlands and Australia respectively. For everyone else, it is now the time to recharge the batteries and have a break before the preparations and hard work begin for next year’s races.

Hunter Lawrence

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I was really happy with my weekend. It was disappointing how the first moto ended but all weekend I felt pretty good. Every session we went out, I was in the top five, including a second in timed qualifying. Then in the qualification race we had a rock and mud jamming into the rear brake which lost me some places but I was still able to ride well and finish fourth.
In the first moto I ripped a good start on my Honda CRF250R, made some quick passes and got myself into the lead. I then led the whole race until two or three laps to go, until we had a small technical issue, so I ended up not finishing. I wasn’t too demoralised though because I knew how well I was riding, so I regrouped in the break and got my focus back to try and do the same again in race two.
Unfortunately I didn’t get such a great start but I put my head down and moved from outside the top 10 into the top five, halfway through the race. I knew my speed and fitness were good so I kept charging and got into second place and moved to within striking distance on first place before the race expired. I know deep down I was the fastest this weekend, I believe that, and I know I’ve worked really hard to be here, which is a satisfying feeling.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Calvin Vlaanderen

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The 2018 MX2 season is over and obviously today things didn’t go our way. We were ninth overall, however, which is not too bad considering the gate-pick that I had. I came through the pack quite well in both races, but I just didn’t have enough for the top-five in race two. It is what it is: we will take it and we will learn from it, and it’s still good experience for next season. We finished sixth overall this year with five podiums and one overall win, which is the best result so far in my career. I’m really happy with it and look forward to staying with the team and working with all my crew. It’s been an awesome year, so thanks to everyone at Team HRC for it.

Team HRC – MX2
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

The season has ended with Tim Gajser being second in both MXGP races and I think this is very healthy for his confidence as he heads into the winter to prepare for season 2019. We also witnessed a very good ride from Hunter Lawrence in the MX2 class where he led convincingly, only to be denied victory two laps to go, by an unexpected bike issue. His riding was exceptional though and it was pleasing to see him lead the world champion Jorge Prado for the whole race and stretch such a large lead over third place. He then backed it up in race two with a completely different skillset, passing a large number of riders to move from outside the top 10, into second place. He ended up just a couple of seconds off the lead and proved that he was the fastest guy on the race track this weekend which was fantastic to see.
Bas Vaessen also showed his skills on the hard pack and I think he has had a good season and showing that on all terrain, he is consistent with his level and it is also a good platform to build upon for 2019.
Overall the world championships have been good for Honda, we will take stock on our highlights and move into next season with strong drive to have another good campaign.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Italy

Imola, Italy

MX2 2018, Round 20

Sunny / 22
Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 15:08 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 22°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 34:00.879
2 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 22 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +2.164
3 Thomas Covington 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.652
4 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.136
5 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +20.887
6 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 15 TM Racing Factory Team TM +28.846
7 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 14 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +33.265
8 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 13 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +34.859
9 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 12 STC Racing Husqvarna +42.038
10 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 11 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +42.743
11 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +45.754
12 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 9 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +51.487
13 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 8 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +55.082
14 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +57.523
15 Brian Strubhart Moreau 225 FRA 6 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +58.700
16 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:00.701
17 Ben Watson 919 GBR 4 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:02.390
18 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 3 Hitachi KTM UK KTM +1:14.817
19 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA 2 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:19.588
20 Tom Koch 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1:21.293
Sunny / 24
Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 12:45 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 24°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 33:49.364
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.043
3 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 20 STC Racing Husqvarna +36.879
4 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 18 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +39.380
5 Marshal Weltin 56 USA 16 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +44.867
6 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +48.945
7 Thomas Covington 64 USA 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +50.601
8 Ben Watson 919 GBR 13 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +56.013
9 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:02.653
10 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:04.280
11 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 10 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:05.086
12 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 9 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +1:07.192
13 Brian Strubhart Moreau 225 FRA 8 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:08.131
14 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:08.826
15 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 6 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:10.645
16 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 5 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:12.469
17 Pierre Goupillon 720 FRA 4 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:14.838
18 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 3 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:16.510
19 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 2 Honda Racing Corporation Yamaha +1:24.278
20 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 1 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:30.784
Sunny / 22
Saturday 29 Sep 2018, 14:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23:38.441
2 Ben Watson 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +12.012
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.022
4 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +19.087
5 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +22.926
6 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +26.372
7 Henry Jacobi 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +28.018
8 Thomas Covington 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +31.592
9 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +36.033
10 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +46.045
11 Marshal Weltin 56 USA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +47.051
12 Jago Geerts 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +49.448
13 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +50.325
14 Adam Sterry 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +56.634
15 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +59.341
16 Pierre Goupillon 720 FRA BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:03.211
17 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:06.553
18 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:12.042
19 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:13.065
20 Gustavo Pessoa 891 BRA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:14.944
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Sep 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 873 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Pauls JONASS 1 LAT 777 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 673 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
4 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 602 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
5 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 599 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 543 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
7 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 397 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
8 Jago GEERTS 193 BEL 391 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
9 Hunter LAWRENCE 96 AUS 353 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
10 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 343 STC Racing Husqvarna
11 Brent VAN DONINCK 172 BEL 224 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
12 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 220 Hitachi KTM UK KTM
13 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 220 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
14 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 218 LRT KTM KTM
15 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 217 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
16 Jed BEATON 14 AUS 216 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
17 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 199 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
18 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 185 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
19 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 169 TM Racing Factory Team TM
20 Simone FURLOTTI 95 ITA 147 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
21 Marshal WELTIN 56 USA 137 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
22 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 127 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
23 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 107 KTM Silver Action KTM
24 Ruben FERNANDEZ 70 SPA 85 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
25 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 68 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
26 Richard SIKYNA 102 SLK 67 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM
27 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 95 NDL 67 Vamo Racing Team Honda
28 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 59 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM
29 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 54 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
30 Tom KOCH 226 GER 47 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
31 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 46 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
32 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 44 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
33 Muhammad DELVINTOR ALFARIZI 325 IDN 28 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
34 Zachary PICHON 101 FRA 25 KTM Rocket Junior’s KTM
35 Gustavo PESSOA 891 BRA 24 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
36 Diva Ismayana TJAHJADI 206 IDN 24 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
37 David HERBRETEAU 338 FRA 22 Team VHR KTM
38 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 20 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
39 Hilman MAKSUM 204 IDN 20 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
40 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 19 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
41 Michael SANDNER 766 AUT 15 Wildcard rider KTM
42 Jy ROBERTS 114 AUS 15 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
43 Brian STRUBHART MOREAU 225 FRA 14 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
44 Roland EDELBACHER 109 AUT 14 Wildcard rider KTM
45 Oriol CASAS CERVERA 312 SPA 14 Vamo Racing Team Honda
46 Jan PANCAR 253 SLO 11 Wildcard rider Yamaha
47 Josh GILBERT 326 GBR 11 Wildcard rider Honda
48 Jorge ZARAGOZA 199 SPA 8 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha
49 Yosua PATTIPI 281 IDN 8 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
50 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 6 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
51 Adrien MALAVAL 52 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM
52 Nicola BERTUZZI 26 ITA 6 KTM Silver Action KTM
53 Mustafa CETIN 59 TUR 5 Wildcard rider Yamaha
54 Pierre GOUPILLON 720 FRA 4 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
55 Enzo TORIANI 783 FRA 3 E2T Racing Team Husqvarna
56 Anthony BOURDON 945 FRA 3 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
57 Alex DIMITROV 136 BUL 3 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
58 Martin KRC 377 CZE 3 STC Racing Husqvarna
59 Yasin KARABOCE 301 TUR 3 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
60 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 2 Honda Racing Corporation Yamaha
61 Andrea ZANOTTI 931 RSM 2 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
62 Rene DE JONG 130 NDL 2 Wildcard rider KTM
63 Sander AGARD-MICHELSEN 129 NOR 1 Wildcard rider Yamaha
64 Kim SAVASTE 485 FIN 1 Wildcard rider Kawasaki
65 Edoardo BERSANELLI 267 ITA 1 Wildcard rider Yamaha
66 Natanael BRES 43 FRA 1 LRT KTM KTM
67 Furkan VALIMAKI 271 TUR 1 Wildcard rider KTM