The Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha travelled to the UK for the MXGP World Championship finale at the beautiful track of Matterley Basin – one of the best circuits on the calendar.
It what was Vlaanderen’s final MXGP race with the team he was super motivated to end the season on a high and all weekend long the speed and lap times were good.
After bringing home a solid sixth in the qualifying race, Vlaanderen had a good gate selection for race day and good starts are always paramount in MXGP.
In the first moto, Vlaanderen started in eighth and despite not riding with his usual flow was still able to push forward to finish in seventh. In the final MXGP moto of the year, Vlaanderen was again in eighth spot after the first official lap but was riding with more urgency than the opening moto and was able to make a couple of passes to finish sixth.
The team ended the season with a very impressive sixth overall in the championship standings as Vlaanderen had another great season with the team.
Vlaanderen will now prepare for the MXoN where he’ll represent the Netherlands at Ernee, France.
Calvin Vlaanderen (6th overall): I was able to end the MXGP season with a solid result. Of course my goal was to be a bit closer to the front and in the fight but with bad starts it’s almost impossible. On Saturday, I started off well with a good feeling in both practices and a solid race to finish in sixth. Sunday I struggled in race one, I just couldn’t find a way to pass and didn’t have the flow like I wa nted. In the second race I felt better and could fight my way pass the riders in front to finish in sixth. I ended up sixth overall in the championship. It was a very solid consistent season and I’m proud of it. The first privateer rider and team again for the second year in a row. Sometimes you would forget that after fighting with the factory teams each week.