Vlaanderen battles through illness at Lombok

After the MXGP World Championship travelled to Indonesia for round ten the same country held the eleventh round of the series as well but this time at Lombok. It was another deceiving racetrack for the best riders of the world with the dirt being very soft and slick in places.

Vlaanderen got himself off to a good start by finishing sixth in the MXGP qualifying race and was looking comfortable with the conditions despite waking up with a fever on Saturday morning.

Not feeling the best physically, it was going to be a challenging GP with the humid conditions. In the first moto, the Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha rider started in seventh and that’s exactly where he finished in a solid display and the second race was almost a carbon copy as he started and finished in seventh.

Considering the circumstances, it was a very solid Grand Prix for Vlaanderen and he’s gaining in the top six of the championship.

The team will now travel back to Europe and have a weekend off to prepare for the next MXGP of the calendar which is in Czech Republic at the traditional Loket circuit.

Calvin Vlaanderen (7th overall): It was a physically tough day for me. On Saturday morning I woke up a bit under the weather with a sore throat and some fever. I felt good on the bike and with the track, but I just had no energy to fight forward in the races. I felt like I was riding around and not truly racing like I know I can do. I’ll be back stronger in Loket. I want to say a big thank you to the team, and specifically Stefan, Nick and Klaas for the hard work these two weeks.