In what was a glorious March day at the MXGP of Great Britain, Calvin Vlaanderen put his Honda CRF250RW into second place in the second moto, moving through the field at this beautiful Matterley Basin circuit. Unfortunately a eighth place in race one meant that any chance of a podium overall was a long shot, but it was good to see Vlaanderen put in his best moto finish of the season, that allowed him to repeat the fourth overall that he also achieved in Argentina.
The result could have been even better for the Team HRC rider had he not crashed in race one, right after he had moved into fifth position. That mistake meant that instead of challenging the riders in front, he dropped back to 10th place and had to pass the same riders again as he made his way to eighth. A better start in race two allowed him to set his heights higher and after a race-long chase, he moved into second place with just four laps to go. The 35 points he collected this weekend were good enough to move him into third place in the 2019 MX2 world championship and with his home GP next weekend at the sandy Valkenswaard circuit, he’ll be hoping to rise even further up the rankings.
Unfortunately Team Honda 114 Motorsports rider Mitchell Evans suffered early on in moto one, and while he was running a pace that matched the leaders, he was unable to get himself back in points scoring contention. The second moto was much better though as he finished in eighth place after fighting through the field from outside the top 15.