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.