After injuring his right ankle and fibula at last weekend’s MXGP of Trentino, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen underwent surgery to repair the damage, with the procedure going extremely well.

During the timed practice on Saturday afternoon, Vlaanderen twisted his ankle whilst on his hotlap and even though he was still able to set the fastest lap of the session, he had to retire immediately back to the truck. After attempting to race the qualifying race it was apparent after one lap, the pain was too much and he sought on-site medical advice at the track. Scans showed he had a fractured fibula and a severe ankle sprain, with the advice being to go and get the surgery done straight away.

On Monday morning, Vlaanderen had the successful operation performed by the highly-regarded Dr Claes and is now already in the initial signs of recovery. With a cast on right now to protect the area, Vlaanderen will hope to start physio in a couple of weeks, with the goal of making a comeback at the next round of the championship on May 11-12 at the Mantova track in Italy.

Calvin Vlaanderen   10

Obviously I’m extremely disappointed to have this happen to me at the weekend. I was feeling really good on the bike and was in the process of setting the fastest lap when I just twisted my ankle. I didn’t crash or anything so it was a real shock to see the x-ray show that I fractured my fibula.
Thankfully, with the support of the team and the excellent Dr Claes, I have since had the surgery which went extremely well. I hope to have the cast off in less than a couple of weeks and begin physio and cycling shortly after that, with the goal of being fit and ready to go for the fifth round of the MX2 championship in Mantova on May 11-12.
Thanks for all the support I have received since the news broke, it is really nice to see so many fans reach out with their messages and it gives me even greater motivation to comeback stronger than ever. I also wish to say congratulations to my Team HRC teammate Tim Gajser for his amazing performance in winning the MXGP of Trentino. He rode really well and he fully deserved that victory.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was a real shame for Calvin to injure himself last weekend, but we are extremely happy with the news that the surgery went well and that he hopes to be ready for the next round of the MX2 series. That event takes place in five weeks’ time and everyone at Team HRC will do everything to support Calvin with his recovery and make sure he is fully prepared and feeling back to his best when the next gate drops.

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP celebrated its best Grand Prix yet at the fourth round of the FIM MXGP World Championship in Trentino, Italy, after Gautier Paulin secured a place on the third-step of the podium for the second time this season, while Arnaud Tonus put a pair of fourths together for fourth overall. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer rounded out the top-ten after a tough weekend.

In the opening race it was the phenomenal torque and horsepower of Yamaha’s popular YZ450F that got both Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP riders Paulin and Tonus off to fantastic starts. The duo went bar-to-bar around turn-one, but it was Paulin who took the early advantage and quickly passed two riders to move into third. Paulin instantly pulled a comfortable gap and never looked back, while Tonus fought hard for fourth.   

The second and final race of the weekend was almost a carbon copy of Race 1. Both riders started inside the top-four and remained unchallenged for the entire 30-minute plus 2-lap duration of the race. As a result, Paulin stood on the third-step of the podium for the second time in three-weeks, and reclaimed third position in the MXGP Championship Standings. He now has a 22-point buffer over the rider in fourth. 

Tonus has gained an abundance of momentum in the championship chase following his 4 – 4 scorecard in Trentino. The 27-year-old has broken the top-ten. He is in tenth position, 8-points shy of the rider in ninth. 

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer had a more eventful weekend. The Swiss star had to find new lines on the slick and edgy clay circuit of Pietramurata as he did his best to recover from a poor start. After a thrilling charge through the pack from outside of the top-15, the 24 year-old was able to cross the finish line in eighth. 

In the second and final race of the day, the number ’91’ was placed inside the top-ten on the opening lap until he was hit from behind by another rider and thrown from his bike. He suffered from a nasty cut on his right arm and a sore left knee. He continued and defied the pain to salvage 14th place for tenth position in the Grand Prix overall. 

Seewer has retained seventh position in the MXGP Championship Classification, and looks to come back strong at the next Grand Prix, which will take place in five-weeks time in Mantova, Italy on the weekend of May 12th. 

Gautier Paulin

3rd MXGP Overall, 3rd MXGP Championship Standings

“It always feels good to be on the podium, and I am happy to be on the box. I know I have some work to do to step up and challenge the leaders because I want to join the battle for the lead. As a racer it’s nice to battle hard for a position and it’s cool to listen to the crowd go crazy. I could hear them this weekend and that was pretty special. Now we will go back to work to make the bike better, to make myself better, and hopefully be in that battle in Mantova.”

Arnaud Tonus

4rd MXGP Overall, 10th MXGP Championship Standings

“It’s hard to explain how I feel after the struggle I have been faced with over the last week. It’s pretty unbelievable. I am so happy I was able to fight through it and find some inside strength. I didn’t tell anyone I was unwell because I didn’t want it to affect me mentally. 4 – 4 this weekend is absolutely amazing after the struggle, so I am just very thankful to the team who have stuck behind me through my hardest times, so I can not thank them enough. It has given me a lot of motivation going into the next races.”

Jeremy Seewer

10th MXGP Overall, 7th MXGP Championship Standings

“It was a tough weekend for me. I struggled a bit with the track. I really like it here, I just seem to struggle, I don’t know what it is. Today I felt pretty good with eighth after wheel-spin on the start and having to come from so far behind. I had a much better start in the second moto but had a big crash on the first lap. Lucky I managed to come away with some points. My focus for the next couple of weeks is to come back stronger in Mantova.”

Words and Photos: Yamaha Racing

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser came out victorious after two incredible motos at the MXGP of Trentino. Engaged in two race-long battles, the Slovenian rider kept calm under immense pressure to make two late passes and claim his first MXGP overall of 2019, at the fourth round, held at the beautiful Arco di Trento track.

Tim Gajser

After winning the qualification race, Gajser had first gate pick and that allowed him to get out of the gate extremely well in both races. In the first race he rounded the first bend in around fifth position before making a number of passes on the first lap to slot into second place. As he tracked the leader Antonio Cairoli, the pace increased for both riders as they kept raising the bar and lowering the laptimes. With just four laps remaining, Gajser pounced on a slight mistake and took over the lead, much to the delight of the large number of Slovenian fans in attendance. He then held on for the first moto victory despite a last lap charge by Cairoli, but he knew that he still had to secure race two in order to receive the honours of the overall.

Tim Gajser

The second moto couldn’t have got off to a better start though, as Gajser raced to his first holeshot of the year, putting his Honda CRF450RW in prime position to take the second moto win. As the paced started to rise, Cairoli began to put pressure on once again, taking over the lead at the mid-point of the race. After studying the Italians’ lines, Gajser waited a few laps before making his move to regain the lead, eventually taking over with five laps to go. The two riders then gave everything they had for the remainder of the race, with Gajser coming out victorious to take a clean sweep of all sessions over the course of the weekend.

Brian Bogers

It was nothing more than Slovenian deserved and it sent his travelling fans into raptures as they celebrated their rider on the top step of the podium, at their adopted home GP in Trentino. Round five also sees the riders’ return to Italy, at the sandy Mantova track near Verona. This event takes place on May 11-12 which gives everyone five weeks to prepare for what is the first of three back to back races in Italy, Portugal and then France.

Tim Gajser   243

It is unbelievable. It’s my first win in over a year and it’s just such a great feeling. To do it here at Arco di Trento is especially special because of all the Slovenian fans that made the trip to come and support me. I had two great battles today, we were both riding so fast but I think the fans gave me that extra boost I needed to take this victory. Every lap I could hear them and it was amazing to win in front of them, just to repay them for their energy that they gave me. I am also so happy for all of the members of Team HRC who work so hard to get me to this level, they all deserve a lot of praise for the effort they put in every week, so a big thanks to them too. Now, there is a bit of a break until the next race but we are heading in the right direction and I can’t wait to try and put this Honda CRF450RW on the top step of the podium again

Brian Bogers   189

The first race I didn’t have the best start and I also crashed, taking too long to get back going because I got stuck under the bike. This left me a long way behind, but I got to work and despite this being a difficult track to pass on, I worked my way back inside the top 20, ending up 19th. Obviously I knew that I needed to improve my start and that’s exactly what happened in the second moto. I rounded the first few turns inside the top 10 and that’s where I was able to finish. You could see that if I can fight with those riders, I can finish in these good positions, so that was another step in the right direction. I improved my season best result with this ninth place but I know I need to keep working and that’s what we are going to do in this break.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

What an amazing performance by Tim today! To ride so well, with such pressure on his shoulders was just really impressive. Both motos was a race-long battle and to come out on top is just such a boost to him and to everyone in Team HRC. The pace he was riding was extremely high and it was great to see how comfortable he was feeling on his Honda CRF450RW and testament to how well the team has worked to try and get him to this level.
It was also good to see Brian put in a top 10 finish, which is something we’ve known he is capable of, he just needed to put everything together. He rode solidly in that second moto and kept the speed of the riders around him and showed that he fits in with that pack of guys. Overall it was an extremely good weekend for Team HRC in the MXGP class and I hope that we can use this as motivation in this break to keep up the high levels and make sure we perform well in round five of the series.
Our best wishes also go to Calvin Vlaanderen as he looks to get surgery on his right leg. It was a real shame to see him get injured this weekend, when he was riding so well, and we hope that he will be fully fit by the time the next round takes place in Mantova.

Rider Standings

1CAIROLI Antonio222ITA191Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3PAULIN Gautier21FRA142Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
4JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU120Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
5VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL113Honda SR Motoblouz
6DESALLE Clement25BEL112Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
7SEEWER Jeremy91SWI98Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
9LIEBER Julien33BEL79Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
10TONUS Arnaud4SWI71Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
11JONASS Pauls41LAT69Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
12MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA66iFly JK Racing
13COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL65Standing Construct KTM
14ANSTIE Max99GBR62Standing Construct KTM
15LUPINO Alessandro77ITA60Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
16SEARLE Tommy100GBR58Bike It DRT Kawasaki
17TIXIER Jordi911FRA36Team VHR KTM Racing
18LEOK Tanel7EST35A1M Husqvarna
19BOGERS Brian189NDL32Team HRC – MXGP
20FEBVRE Romain461FRA20Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
21BUTRON Jose17SPA16JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
22PATUREL Benoit6FRA13Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
23KULLAS Harri151FIN10Wildcard Rider
24GOLE Anton297SWE9iFly JK Racing
25PETROV Petar152BUL7Team Honda Red Moto
26BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS6JWR Yamaha Racing
27FERRIS Dean111AUS6Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing
28BERNARDINI Samuele321ITA3Ghidinelli Racing Team
29POLI Joaquin179ARG3Wildcard Rider
30RAUCHENECKER Pascal281AUT1Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing
Brian Bogers

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Tim Gajser showed his much-improved sand riding skills at Valkenswaard, going seven-two for third overall in what was his third podium overall in a row. The CRF450RW rider had second gate pick and with two good starts, he was in a great position to challenge for wins. However, a mistake in the first race whilst in third place cost him any chance of that, as he had to regroup and pass a number of riders to get back to seventh place. In race two, he was once again in the hunt for the lead, tracking Antonio Cairoli for the entire moto, but he was just unable to find his way past the Italian.

In what was his home GP, Brian Bogers had his best result of the season, with a 12th place in the first moto. The Dutch rider felt comfortable all weekend in the sandy conditions and it showed as he came so close to breaking into the top 10. Unfortunately a bike issue in the second moto, caused by a collision with another rider, meant that Bogers wasn’t able to improve upon that result as he had to pull out of the race. It was a disappointing end, but still a move in the right direction for #189 and he now heads to Italy with a boost in confidence that the top guys are within reach.

The picturesque Pietramurata track is the venue next weekend for the MXGP of Trentino, where a hard-pack, stony surface awaits Team HRC for the fourth round of the 2019 motocross world championships.

Tim Gajser  243

I’m quite happy to finish on the podium again. I’m just a little bit disappointed with the first race. I made a mistake and finished seventh, but I’m trying to learn as much as possible from these mistakes so I don’t make them in the future. The second race was good though. My speed was good, my start was good. We were really close to the front and the pace was high so overall I’m quite happy and I’m really looking forward to next weekend in Arco di Trento. A huge thanks to everyone in the team, they did an amazing job with the bike and I felt comfortable on it in both the motos.

Brian Bogers  189

The first race went pretty well. I had an okay start, around 11th and I saw that on the pit board so I really tried to push to get inside the top 10. Maybe I pushed too hard to make that happen, and I ended up riding too tight and I couldn’t push anymore. I finished 12th and I was very happy with that, and it was a nice to see my work paying off. In the second race, my start wasn’t so good and I got hit by another rider but I still managed to get up to 14th place. Unfortunately though, the impact with the other rider caused some damage to the bike and I wasn’t able to finish the race. It’s a shame but this is motocross and I must put it behind me and move onto Trentino next weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Overall it was another positive weekend for both Tim and Brian. Of course it would have been great if he could have just made the pass in the second moto, but it was still Tim’s best results here and a good sign that his winter training has worked and that he has improved on the sand. Unfortunately a collision with another rider issue meant Brian’s bike couldn’t finish the second moto, but it was good to see him fighting around the top 10 in the first race and it is a definite step in the right direction. We now have a week to prepare for Italy, in what should be a great event for Team HRC.

Rider Overall Standings

1CAIROLI Antonio222ITA147Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2GAJSER Tim243SLO125Team HRC – MXGPHonda
3DESALLE Clement25BEL103Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
4VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL102Honda SR MotoblouzHonda
5PAULIN Gautier21FRA102Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
6JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU92Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
7SEEWER Jeremy91SWI78Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
9LIEBER Julien33BEL62Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
10ANSTIE Max99GBR62Standing Construct KTMKTM
11JONASS Pauls41LAT57Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
12COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL44Standing Construct KTMKTM
13SEARLE Tommy100GBR41Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
14TIXIER Jordi911FRA36Team VHR KTM RacingKTM
15MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA35iFly JK RacingYamaha
16TONUS Arnaud4SWI35Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
17LUPINO Alessandro77ITA34Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
18LEOK Tanel7EST24A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna
19FEBVRE Romain461FRA20Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
20BOGERS Brian189NDL18Team HRC – MXGPHonda
21BUTRON Jose17SPA11JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
22KULLAS Harri151FIN10Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
23GOLE Anton297SWE9iFly JK RacingYamaha
24FERRIS Dean111AUS6Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
25PETROV Petar152BUL4Team Honda Red MotoHonda
26POLI Joaquin179ARG3Wildcard RiderHonda
27LUZZARDI Juan Pablo171ARG1Wildcard RiderKTM
28SALAZAR Jetro220ECU1Wildcard RiderHonda

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Following a heavy fall in Race 2 at the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Patagonia, Argentina, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvre will undergo surgery next week to repair a severely broken ankle.

After taking the first Qualifying Race victory of the season, Febvre was looking in top form to put chase to his second MXGP World Title. The former World Champion finished third in Race 1 and was running in third-position in Race 2 when he unfortunately caught an edge in the wave section and was thrown from his YZ450FM. He landed heavily on his right ankle and was immediately taken to the Medical Centre for examination. While he was cleared from injury in Argentina, he was in an immense amount of pain and decided to see another doctor for a second opinion upon arrival in Belgium, the country in which the Frenchman resides. 

Earlier today, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP star went to the University Hospital Antwerp (UZA) where top Orthopaedic specialist Dr. Geert Peersman confirmed he has broken his Talus (ankle) in two places. The injury requires surgical repair, which is scheduled for Tuesday 12th March, and is expected to take six weeks to heal after the date of the operation.

Romain Febvre

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Rider

“Sad news today. I broke the Talus bone in my ankle. I feel really sad, not only for myself but for my entire team and all of the people involved. This is how it is; these things are part of our sport. Now I need to focus on getting it fixed with an operation next Tuesday, and then I can start my rehabilitation. I will try to be back on the bike as soon as possible, right now they are saying around six weeks more or less, but even when I get back on the bike I will have lost a lot of time and physical condition with no training. I will see when I am back on the bike how things are going and what I am focusing on, until then I can not say too much. The main goal is to get my foot fixed.” 

Massimo Raspanti

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Manager

“Obviously we are really saddened to hear this news, also for Romain. He worked really hard this winter. Things were looking really positive for him. In Argentina he was fast in both practice sessions and then he won the Qualifying Race so we were really excited for the races and the rest of the season. He was riding well in the races, he set the fastest lap of the GP, so he is very unlucky to crash and be in this situation now. Now we will focus on getting him healthy and back to 100% and hope to come back and finish the season strong.” 

Words and Photos: Yamaha Racing