Held back by poor health conditions in the Netherlands, Calvin Vlaanderen now aims to return to the type of form shown at Villa la Angostura earlier this month, where he displayed great speed and his iconic smooth-but-effective riding style, while continuing to gel with the all-new Honda CRF250RW.
"I‰Ûªm looking forward to getting behind the gate for round three this weekend. It‰Ûªs a new track on the calendar this year so that‰Ûªs exciting," Vlaanderen said. "I‰Ûªve seen some pictures and it looks like the organisers are doing a great job with getting the facility ready for the weekend. I was lucky enough to ride a few days there in the winter with the team so I have an idea of what to expect of the track. I know my mechanics will have my bike running great so I can‰Ûªt wait to have fun on my Honda this weekend."
HRC General Manager - MXGP - Marcus Pereira de Freitas, added, "It‰Ûªs time to dive into the third round of the series at RedSand, a new venue for the MXGP championship and one that looks exciting and challenging at the same time. Quite a few riders and teams ‰ÛÒ including us - have had a first taste of the new track during the off-season, so it‰Ûªll be familiar ground for many.
"We will go from -2å¡C of Valkenswaard to the 20å¡C more-or-less expected for the weekend, and I‰Ûªm sure it‰Ûªs something the riders will be happy about. We are looking forward to seeing the continuation of Tim‰Ûªs progress and I‰Ûªm sure Calvin will be eager to debut at this track too."