After a battling third place finish in moto one, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was in a good position to take another podium spot after his return from his mid-season ankle injury. Unfortunately a small mistake two thirds of the way through the second moto meant that he would slip to sixth and miss out by just one point at the MXGP of Turkey.
After two laps of race one, even a top five finish would have been impressive as the CRF250RW rider was down in ninth place. However, as he has proved time and again this year, he keep battling and fighting for every position and slowly but surely he moved up through the field. With just five laps remaining he was still in sixth place but then three passes in two laps saw him cross the finish line in a thoroughly deserved third spot.
Things were much the same in race two as Vlaanderen rounded the first lap in seventh place after getting pushed out of the top five around the first couple of turns. Once again he put his head down and within a few laps was up to fifth place, needing just one more pass to get his second podium in a row. With passing at a premium on the hard-pack Afyonkarahisar track, Vlaanderen made an error when looking for that pass and instead he dropped a position. As he regrouped, he posted the second fastest laptime of the race but he couldn’t find anywhere to make the necessary moves and instead had to settle for three-six finishes for sixth overall.
He’ll be hoping for a bit more luck next week in Shanghai, China in what is the final round of the 2019 MX2 world championship, at a brand new venue for the series.
Elsewhere, Mathys Boisrame puts his Redmoto Assomotor Honda inside the top 10 after six-eleven results while a couple of places behind him was Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Mitch Evans who is gradually getting back to his early-season pace.