The Assen road-racing circuit in the Netherlands hosted the penultimate round of the 2018 motocross world championship, with Honda riders showing plenty of speed across all three classes. Tim Gajser and Calvin Vlaanderen both narrowly missed out on podium spots, while Hunter Lawrence led some of the first MX2 moto on this tricky sand track. In the EMX250 class Steven Clarke, Mathys Boisrame and Alberto Forato put their pace to good use by helping Honda to win the EMX250 manufacturer championship which was the perfect ending to a season which saw Boisrame win the rider classification on board the 2018 Honda CRF250R.

Despite being first and second fastest in timed qualification Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen and Team Honda 114 Motorsports’ Hunter Lawrence weren’t able to translate their speed into the results they deserved. For Vlaanderen, a second place finish in the second moto looked to have been enough to have secured a podium spot but a late race crash by another rider changed things around and instead he missed out by just two points. Lawrence can also feel disappointed because the Australian rider actually led the first moto after making the pass for the lead on the fourth corner. Unfortunately a few laps later he misjudged the treacherous track surface and crashed, eventually finishing the race in sixth place. Another good start on board his CRF250R in the second race gave him a great chance to redeem himself but a mistake in turn two dropped him down the field and any chance of a podium went with it.

The series now takes a weekend off before the final round of the MXGP and MX2 seasons, which will be held at the Imola circuit in Italy on September 29 and 30.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Assen is over and I’m actually leaving in a happy mood, even though I’m obviously a little disappointed at not finishing on the podium. Fourth overall is not something we can complain about. I struggled a little to find the rhythm in the first race as I was chasing Ben Watson; I tried to pass him, but I simply couldn’t make it stick. Seeing Jeffrey Herlings winning the title gave me a lot of motivation heading into race two; I had good speed and flow so I was happy to finish second. I would like to thank the team and my crew especially, and now we can get ready for the final GP at Imola!

Team HRC – MX2
Hunter Lawrence

Hunter Lawrence 96

My speed was a lot better than the last sand race in Lommel, but the results really don’t do my riding level justice. We were second in timed qualifying but I couldn’t capitalise on that because I got caught up in a first turn crash. I got back up to ninth and felt good about my riding. And then today, I was third in warm-up and then the first moto started off really good. I got an awesome start on my Honda CRF250R, ending up second around the second corner and then on the fourth turned I made the pass for the lead. I was leading for the first few laps and that was great but I chose a bad line and got passed and then when I pushed to try and get back past him, I made a mistake and that cost me. The second moto I made another stupid mistake in the second corner and another great start and that meant I had no chance of a good result overall. It’s disappointing but I’m keeping my head up for the final round where hopefully the results will be much better.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

In MX2 the pace was great from Calvin Vlaanderen and Hunter Lawrence. They were first and second in timed practice and then in the races, Hunter led race one but suffered a crash and then suffered another crash which really hampered his final result. Calvin in race two was superb, he got himself into second position after passing several riders and pushed hard to try and catch up to the leader. He finished second in the moto, which was a great ride and showed his skills in the deep sand.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of The Netherlands

Assen, Netherlands

MX2 2018, Round 19

Cloudy / 20
Sunday 16 Sep 2018, 15:30 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sand
  • Air Temp: 20°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 34:24.408
2 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 22 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +7.591
3 Thomas Covington 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.909
4 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.212
5 Ben Watson 919 GBR 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +19.609
6 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +26.899
7 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 14 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +42.290
8 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +48.350
9 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +50.004
10 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 11 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +51.541
11 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:06.922
12 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 9 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:33.978
13 Marshal Weltin 56 USA 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:48.521
14 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 7 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:51.132
15 Hardi Roosiorg 75 EST 6 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 Lap
16 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 5 Hitachi KTM UK KTM +1 Lap
17 Ruben Fernandez 70 SPA 4 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
18 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
19 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 2 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 Lap
20 Anton Gole 297 SWE 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
Cloudy / 20
Sunday 16 Sep 2018, 13:07 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sand
  • Air Temp: 20°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 34:14.374
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.207
3 Thomas Covington 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.027
4 Ben Watson 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +12.331
5 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 16 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +23.068
6 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 15 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +29.770
7 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 14 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +36.515
8 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +36.858
9 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 12 Hitachi KTM UK KTM +38.351
10 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +43.764
11 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 10 STC Racing Husqvarna +45.277
12 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 9 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:01.199
13 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:10.338
14 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 7 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:17.326
15 Marshal Weltin 56 USA 6 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:50.393
16 Hardi Roosiorg 75 EST 5 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1 Lap
17 Ruben Fernandez 70 SPA 4 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
18 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 3 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
19 Rene De Jong 130 NDL 2 Wildcard rider KTM +1 Lap
20 Tom Koch 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
Cloudy / 19
Saturday 15 Sep 2018, 14:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sand
  • Air Temp: 19°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:46.693
2 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Team HRC – MX2 Honda +7.813
3 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR Hitachi KTM UK KTM +12.442
4 Henry Jacobi 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +32.068
5 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.957
6 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +35.086
7 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +42.086
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +47.558
9 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +57.332
10 Ben Watson 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:05.183
11 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:10.297
12 Adam Sterry 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:11.326
13 Hardi Roosiorg 75 EST Sahkar KTM Racing KTM +1:25.735
14 Marshal Weltin 56 USA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:34.920
15 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:42.128
16 Jago Geerts 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:08.269
17 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:43.308
18 Anton Gole 297 SWE iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:44.735
19 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:47.159
20 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:56.385
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Sep 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 823 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Pauls JONASS 1 LAT 777 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 633 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
4 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 585 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
5 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 565 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 521 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
7 Jago GEERTS 193 BEL 366 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
8 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 365 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
9 Hunter LAWRENCE 96 AUS 331 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
10 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 311 STC Racing Husqvarna
11 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 218 LRT KTM KTM
12 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 217 Hitachi KTM UK KTM
13 Jed BEATON 14 AUS 216 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
14 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 213 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
15 Brent VAN DONINCK 172 BEL 210 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
16 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 189 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
17 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 185 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
18 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 185 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
19 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 154 TM Racing Factory Team TM
20 Simone FURLOTTI 95 ITA 134 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
21 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 127 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
22 Marshal WELTIN 56 USA 121 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 97 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 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 95 NDL 67 Vamo Racing Team Honda
27 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 59 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM
28 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 53 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
29 Richard SIKYNA 102 SLK 53 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM
30 Tom KOCH 226 GER 46 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
31 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 44 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
32 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 34 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
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 Roland EDELBACHER 109 AUT 14 Wildcard rider KTM
44 Oriol CASAS CERVERA 312 SPA 14 Vamo Racing Team Honda
45 Jan PANCAR 253 SLO 11 Wildcard rider Yamaha
46 Josh GILBERT 326 GBR 11 Wildcard rider Honda
47 Jorge ZARAGOZA 199 SPA 8 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha
48 Yosua PATTIPI 281 IDN 8 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
49 Adrien MALAVAL 52 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM
50 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 6 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
51 Nicola BERTUZZI 26 ITA 6 KTM Silver Action KTM
52 Mustafa CETIN 59 TUR 5 Wildcard rider Yamaha
53 Enzo TORIANI 783 FRA 3 E2T Racing Team Husqvarna
54 Anthony BOURDON 945 FRA 3 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
55 Yasin KARABOCE 301 TUR 3 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
56 Alex DIMITROV 136 BUL 3 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
57 Martin KRC 377 CZE 3 STC Racing Husqvarna
58 Andrea ZANOTTI 931 RSM 2 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
59 Rene DE JONG 130 NDL 2 Wildcard rider KTM
60 Sander AGARD-MICHELSEN 129 NOR 1 Wildcard rider Yamaha
61 Kim SAVASTE 485 FIN 1 Wildcard rider Kawasaki
62 Natanael BRES 43 FRA 1 LRT KTM KTM
63 Edoardo BERSANELLI 267 ITA 1 Wildcard rider Yamaha
64 Furkan VALIMAKI 271 TUR 1 Wildcard rider KTM