The Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha team made the short trip to Belgium for the toughest GP of the season in the deep sand of Lommel. The track had a complete revamp and despite the layout being unrecognisable it was still a very tough and bumpy track for the best riders in the world.
The qualifying race went well for Vlaanderen who enjoys the sand and it showed. After starting in fifth he was able to move forward and finished an impressive third earning eight championship points.
After some overnight rain, the track was even more rough on Sunday but Vlaanderen took a good start in the opening moto in fourth. After passing factory Yamaha’s Jeremy Seewer in third and he looked comfortable. On the last lap, Prado made a move but fourth was still a good ride.
In the second moto, CV10 started in fifth but made a mistake on lap dropping him down to sixth but he was able to make a move on Ruben Fernandez to reclaim his fifth position.
4-5 secured fifth overall but Vlaanderen and the team are still motivated to stand on the podium.
The team will now head to Finland this weekend for round fourteen of the series at Vantaa which require more sand surfing.
Calvin Vlaanderen (5th overall): It was another top five overall for me in Lommel. I am a bit disappointed to be honest. I felt I was missing a bit all weekend and I couldn’t find out exactly what it was. I had a good Saturday which helped with gate pick for Sunday. I had two good starts which definitely helped but missed a bit of pace to fight for the podium. Anyways, it was still a solid GP and we’re on the right track.