Calvin Vlaanderen returns aboard his Honda CRF250RW as he looks to challenge the best riders in the world in the MX2 championship. After placing sixth last year, Vlaanderen will look to climb the rankings in 2019 and add to his maiden overall victory which he achieved at the MXGP of Indonesia. He will also be hoping to improve upon his nine top-three moto results and five podium finishes, in what is an extremely competitive 250cc class.
"So far the off-season has gone well and we are on track for where we need to be right now," Vlaanderen explained. "My hopes for the season are quite high and I would like to get more podiums and obviously more wins. However, the main goal is that I want to be fighting in the top three of the championship and that means I have to improve upon some of the things that I learnt last year. The reassuring thing is that I believe I have the bike and the team around me which can help me achieve that."
HRC General Manager - MXGP - Marcus Pereira de Freitas is looking for better results with the same team having a year under their belt.
"With one year under our belts with this rider line-up, I believe that we can we do even better and maintain the progress and consistency for 2019," de Freitas said.
"Tim finished 2018 strongly and he is really excited for the season to get started so he can continue that good form. Calvin is also extremely motivated to add to his victory at the MXGP of Indonesia last year and has worked very hard over the off season to try and make that happen.
"As for Brian, his attitude has been impressive after missing almost all of last year and he‰Ûªs looked really good on the Honda CRF450RW in all our testing so far. There is a real energy with this whole team and I can‰Ûªt wait for the first gate drop in Argentina!"
The 2019 MXGP Motocross World Championships will begin at Villa La Angostura, Argentina on March 2-3.