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Injury News: Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen out of round four.

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Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen has been ruled out of the MXGP of Trentino after injuring his ankle whilst setting the fastest MX2 lap of timed practice. With just a few corners to go, Vlaanderen twisted his ankle and although he was still able to cross the line and get the number one gate pick, he had to withdraw back to the truck to access the damage.

After preparing his ankle as best he could, he lined up for the qualification race but it only took a short time before it was apparent that the had to pull out from the race. Upon getting back to the team truck, he was immediately taken to see the track medical team where it was diagnosed that he had cracked his fibula and sprained his ankle. After getting a second opinion from the highly regarded Dr. Claes, it was decided that Vlaanderen would fly back to Belgium and get surgery on Monday morning to try and give him the longest possible time to recover.

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With the championship now taking a five week break before the fifth round of the world championship in Mantova, Italy, hopes are high that Vlaanderen will have recovered sufficiently in order to resume his battle for the MX2 title. At the time of the injury, the Team HRC rider was sitting in third place in the championship, just 29pts off the lead, and with 14 rounds still to race after this weekend, there is still plenty of opportunities for him to regain the points lost and challenge for the podium positions.

Calvin Vlaanderen: “Upon getting it checked out at the medical centre, I found out that I have a small crack in the fibula and a badly sprained ankle. After getting a second opinion from my doctor, the advice was to get surgery done straight away, in order to try and be ready for the next round in Mantova in five weeks time. It is obviously disappointing news but I am confident it will go well and I can come back fit and healthy for round five of the MX2 championship.”

Marcus Pereira de Freitas (HRC General Manager): “After such a great timed practice, it was really disappointing to learn that Calvin had damaged his leg so significantly. This injury has denied him the opportunity to show his speed in the races and he will now miss this weekend’s action. Our hope now is that the surgery will go well and that he can recover for the next round in five weeks time and everyone at Team HRC will make sure he receives everything he needs to make that happen in the meantime.”

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Ferruccio Zanchi is the new face in Team HRC, with the Italian youngster leading the renewed CRF250R programme for 2024. Watch on, to get to know a bit more about this new MX2 rider.

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Hawkstone International in the books for Gabriel SS24 KTM

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In the MX2 class Cas qualified 3rd and had a good feeling on the sandy circuit. In moto 1 he had a good start but struggled to pass on the one lined track and by the time he got to third position the leaders had pulled away. Shortly into moto 2 there was a red flag with a full restart. Cas again restarted in second behind current MX2 world champion Adrea Adamo to where he would finish the 25 minute + 1 lap race. As well as securing 2nd on the podium these results qualified Cas to line up for the superfinal. The MX2 riders were let off the gate first shortly followed by the MX1 riders. Cas started in second and throughout the moto was picked off gradually by the faster 450 machines. He finished a very respectable 12th in the combined results, and the second MX2 machine. Up next for Cas is Lierop International this Sunday 3rd March.


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Coming into the weekend Josh was carrying a slight lower back issue but was able to compete and got stronger as the day went on. He qualified 17th which he was not happy with but didn’t let it affect him ahead of the races. In moto 1 he had an unusually bad start but got up to 11th place just behind Adam Sterry and despite getting close was not able to make the pass. In moto 2 he had another good jump but had more bad luck when he got caught up with another rider and had a first turn crash. Coming from dead last he came through the pack to finish 10th. Heading into the superfinal Josh rode his best all day and finished the superfinal 7th in the combined results, 6th MX1 machine and top British rider for which he received the Vaughan Semmens Memorial Trophy for. This was Josh’s last preseason race to get the final touches sorted before his season officially starts in Argentina for the MXGP series on the 9th/10th March.

Team Manager Shaun Simpson, said: “Hawkstone is always a great pre-season race and this year certainly didn’t disappoint! Probably one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at Hawkstone in the last 20 years. It’s a great test for the riders and was nice for us to showcase our new paddock setup for our British fans and sponsors. Both Josh and Cas steadily got better as the day went on, the mechanics done a fantastic job with the tight schedule and it was nice for Cas to get his first podium of the season. We are gathering some momentum now and are looking forward to Lierop this weekend for Cas and Argentina in two weeks to start the MXGP championship with Josh.”

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Lucas and Sacha Coenen confirmed for Lierop

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This Sunday (March 3) the Dutch motocross season will start at the Herselse Bossen circuit in Lierop. The field of racers is getting stronger and stronger and it promises to be a really high-level race.


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The MX2 class is full of young and motivated riders and Lucas and Sacha Coenen will join them for Lierop. These talented twins regularly impressed in the MX2 World Championship last year and Lucas won his first Grand Prix in Indonesia at the age of sixteen.

A fifth place was his share in the final standings and he certainly wants to improve on that this year. Sacha also regularly showed that he has the speed to compete at the front. Highlights were his second place in the qualifying heat in Finland and top five finishes in the Czech Republic and Sweden.

In the deep sand of Lierop, the Coenen brothers will compete against riders like Kay de Wolf, Cas Valk, Hakon Osterhagen, Max Werner, Scott Smulders, Bradley Mesters, Hakon Fredriksen, Oriol Oliver and others.

Also in the 500 class we get fireworks with the participation of Jeffrey Herlings, Jago Geerts, Pauls Jonass, Calvin Vlaanderen, Brent van Doninck and others.

The weather forecast looks good, so the Dutch MX Season Opener in Lierop has all the ingredients to see a great day of racing.

For more information have a look at www.maclierop.nl

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