Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen signed off his MX2 career with an impressive podium performance at the 2019 season finale, which was hosted at the brand new facility in Shanghai, China.

The track was praised by a lot of riders over the course of the weekend, providing a good surface and an interesting layout as the MXGP championship visited China for the very first time. For Vlaanderen, it was also provide some happy memories as the Honda rider finished the season and his time as an MX2 rider with a third place overall, putting in a second moto charge that gave him the finish he needed in order to beat out fourth place by two points.

In both races the CRF250RW rider got out the gate extremely well, rounding the corner inside the top three. Then in race one, a small mistake by another rider meant that Vlaanderen was in second for the entirety of the race, putting pressure on the leader but unable to get himself close enough to make the move for the win.

Race two didn’t quite go as smoothly as it was his mistake on lap one that dropped him from third to seventh. As usual, he didn’t get rattled and instead put his head down and fought his way back up to fourth place with just five laps remaining. This was the position he needed for the podium and as he crossed the line, it was obvious he had put everything into that ride to make sure his final MX2 race was a good one.

Although the season is now completed, Vlaanderen does potentially have one race remaining as he hopes to represent the Netherlands in what is a home Motocross of Nations for them. The Assen facility will be hosting this prestigious race on September 28-29 and Vlaanderen is one of two riders who are competing for the MX2 position in the three-man team. This gave extra importance to his ride and is further proof (after his moto win and podium in Sweden) that he would be a very strong choice for what will be a very strong Dutch team.

Elsewhere, the Honda 114 Motorsports duo of Zachary Pichon and Mitch Evans finished just outside the top 10 in three of their four combined motos, as Evans just missed out on a top 10 in the MX2 championship standings in what is his rookie campaign.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Today went really well and it was a great to end the season on a high note. It was also the final MX2 race of my career so to finish on the podium was a special moment and something I won’t forget. I had a good first moto with a good start and was riding in third. Then the rider in second crashed so I moved up a position and from there I kept pressure on the leader right until the end, finishing second. I also had a good start in the second moto but a small mistake on the first lap cost me some crucial positions and I dropped back to seventh. I knew that I would have to pass a few guys to get on the podium so I put my head down and went to work. I found some good lines and while I had some crazy moments, I wanted to leave everything out there on the track and try everything to get the podium spot. Thankfully I managed to do it and while I would have loved to have battled up front with the guys, it was still a great weekend for me and for the team and a nice way to finish up. Obviously I don’t know anything for the Motocross of Nations yet, but I think I proved with my performances that I am riding very well and I hope to be able to represent the Netherlands, and help us win in front our home fans in Assen.

Team HRC – MX2
GP of China

Shanghai, China

MX2 2019, Round 18

Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 09:22 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:08.720
2 Tom Vialle 28 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.650
3 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +16.159
4 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 18 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +20.472
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +23.718
6 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +44.878
7 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 14 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +50.508
8 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +51.687
9 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +54.312
10 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 11 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +54.662
11 Mitchell Harrison 35 USA 10 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +57.094
12 Mattia Guadagnini 121 ITA 9 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +1:33.710
13 Mitchell Evans 43 AUS 8 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:41.007
14 Zachary Pichon 101 FRA 7 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:50.256
15 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
16 Larissa Papenmeier 423 GER 5 Wildcard rider Yamaha +2 Laps
17 Ke Wang 519 CHN 4 Wildcard rider Yamaha +3 Laps
18 Yang Pu 181 CHN 3 Wildcard rider Yamaha +3 Laps
19 Bolin Hu 909 CHN 2 Wildcard rider Honda +4 Laps
20 Yongming Peng 42 CHN 1 Wildcard rider Honda +4 Laps
Cloudy / 29
Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 04:57 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 29°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 34:18.828
2 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 22 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +1.736
3 Tom Vialle 28 FRA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +4.084
4 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +19.028
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +23.844
6 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 15 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +28.357
7 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +48.900
8 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +51.886
9 Brian Strubhart Moreau 225 FRA 12 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +54.000
10 Mattia Guadagnini 121 ITA 11 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +55.032
11 Mitchell Harrison 35 USA 10 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +55.874
12 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 9 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +1:18.083
13 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 8 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:23.720
14 Zachary Pichon 101 FRA 7 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:59.021
15 Larissa Papenmeier 423 GER 6 Wildcard rider Yamaha +2 Laps
16 Ke Wang 519 CHN 5 Wildcard rider Yamaha +3 Laps
17 Yang Pu 181 CHN 4 Wildcard rider Yamaha +3 Laps
18 Yongming Peng 42 CHN 3 Wildcard rider Honda +4 Laps
19 Bolin Hu 909 CHN 2 Wildcard rider Honda +4 Laps
20 Hao Cheng 535 CHN 1 Wildcard rider Honda +4 Laps
Sunny / 30
Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 08:46 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:02.251
2 Tom Vialle 28 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +17.493
3 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Team HRC – MX2 Honda +29.568
4 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +44.519
5 Mitchell Evans 43 AUS Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +45.877
6 Brian Strubhart Moreau 225 FRA BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +47.400
7 Adam Sterry 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +52.916
8 Jago Geerts 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +54.480
9 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +57.782
10 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:00.515
11 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:02.931
12 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:05.830
13 Mattia Guadagnini 121 ITA Wildcard rider Husqvarna +1:14.590
14 Alberto Forato 303 ITA Wildcard rider Husqvarna +1:19.120
15 Zachary Pichon 101 FRA Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:50.568
16 Larissa Papenmeier 423 GER Wildcard rider Yamaha +1 Lap
17 Ke Wang 519 CHN Wildcard rider Yamaha +3 Laps
18 Yang Pu 181 CHN Wildcard rider Yamaha +3 Laps
19 Bolin Hu 909 CHN Wildcard rider Honda +3 Laps
20 Yongming Peng 42 CHN Wildcard rider Honda +3 Laps
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Sep 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 837 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 624 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
3 Jago GEERTS 193 BEL 543 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
4 Tom VIALLE 28 FRA 537 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 442 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
6 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 410 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
7 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 406 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
8 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 399 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
9 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 303 Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
10 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 282 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
11 Mitchell EVANS 43 AUS 279 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
12 Jed BEATON 14 AUS 250 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
13 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 220 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
14 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 219 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM
15 Mitchell HARRISON 35 USA 188 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
16 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 179 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
17 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 172 Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
18 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 171 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
19 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 157 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
20 Richard SIKYNA 102 SLK 145 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
21 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 140 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 137 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
23 Brian STRUBHART MOREAU 225 FRA 124 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
24 Zachary PICHON 101 FRA 102 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
25 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 91 KTM Racestore MX2 Max Bart KTM
26 Roan VAN DE MOOSDIJK 39 NDL 74 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
27 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 68 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
28 Jan PANCAR 253 SLO 47 Wildcard rider Yamaha
29 Rene HOFER 711 AUT 42 KTM Junior Racing KTM
30 Mattia GUADAGNINI 121 ITA 41 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
31 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 40 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM
32 Michael SANDNER 766 AUT 31 Wildcard rider KTM
33 Gustavo PESSOA 56 BRA 24 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
34 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 23 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
35 Kevin HORGMO 240 NOR 23 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
36 Delvintor ALFARIZI 325 IDN 19 Astra Honda Racing Team Honda
37 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 19 Wildcard rider KTM
38 Andrea ZANOTTI 931 RSM 15 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
39 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 14 WZ-Racing KTM
40 Jeremy SYDOW 104 GER 14 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
41 Petr POLAK 313 CZE 12 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
42 Larissa PAPENMEIER 423 GER 11 Wildcard rider Yamaha
43 Mikkel HAARUP 11 DEN 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
44 Ke WANG 519 CHN 9 Wildcard rider Yamaha
45 Diva Ismayana TJAHJADI 206 IDN 8 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
46 Yang PU 181 CHN 7 Wildcard rider Yamaha
47 Andrea ADAMO 80 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
48 Joakin FURBETTA 275 ITA 6 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
49 Filippo ZONTA 200 ITA 5 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda
50 Bolin HU 909 CHN 4 Wildcard rider Honda
51 Yongming PENG 42 CHN 4 Wildcard rider Honda
52 Enzo TORIANI 783 FRA 4 E2T Racing Team Husqvarna
53 Jere HAAVISTO 142 FIN 4 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
54 Marcel CONIJN 332 NDL 2 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
55 Raivo DANKERS 410 NDL 1 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
56 Kim SAVASTE 485 FIN 1 Wildcard rider KTM
57 Lars GRIEKSPOOR 199 NDL 1 Wildcard rider KTM
58 Alexander BROWN 141 GBR 1 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM
59 James CARPENTER 484 GBR 1 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
60 Hao CHENG 535 CHN 1 Wildcard rider Honda