Calvin Vlaanderen had a rather low-key injury at the fourth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, as he caught his knee in timed practice and fractured his fibula. Vlaanderen immediately exited the Italian facility in order to get surgery and then took advantage of the five-week break, so was able to heal, and will now return to racing at the Grand Prix of Lombardia this weekend. Vlaanderen commented on his status in a team statement.
"It has been a difficult period of time but I am happy to be back on a bike and riding again before this weekend. Obviously I would have preferred to have a bit more time to get ready, but I am glad to have only missed the Trentino round and I am still confident in my ability to ride well in Mantova. Before the injury, my fitness was at a good level and I did as much as I could to maintain that during the break so I just have to do my best to compete for these next few weeks. I want to thank all the members of Team HRC for the support they gave me during this break and I can’t wait to get this next part of the championship underway."
Marcus Pereira de Freitas, the team co-ordinator, is equally as excited to have the Honda HRC team back to full-strength, which is evident in his statement below. The factory effort are still feeding off of the excitement and momentum from the Grand Prix victory that Tim Gajser obtained at Pietramurata.
"I am extremely excited to get back to the MXGP races after this break. We left the action on such a high with Tim winning in Trentino, so this provided great motivation to everyone to keep that going. Brian also got his first top ten of the season so he wanted to maintain that level. It was also good for Calvin because this gap in the races meant that he is recovered from his leg injury that he sustained at Trentino and he should be able to compete in Mantova. It'll be hard work for him, because he hasn't ridden much, but he had good fitness before the injury so we are confident he should still be able to pick up points. Of course for Tim, who has previously won here, and for Brian we have high hopes that they can continue their form to put both Hondas inside the top ten and potentially on the podium."
Although Calvin Vlaanderen failed to score points at the fourth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, he still occupies seventh in the current championship standings. There are fourteen rounds left to run.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX