Red Bull KTM Factory Racing welcomed Jeffrey “The Bullet” Herlings back to the podium with a double race win in the MX2 Grand Prix of Thailand on Sunday with two dominant race wins to preserve his four race two GP victory streak at the end of the second round.
Jeffrey Herlings was undoubtedly the dominant rider in the MX2 class and looked very much his old self during both races after coming into the season unsure of his position following nearly seven months of injury lay-off. He now leaves Thailand with a perfect 100-point scorecard after two GPs and now has three weeks to work on his fitness before the next round in Argentina on March 29.
Herlings: “This was a really tough weekend and I don’t have so much riding fitness yet because I have only been on the bike four weeks. The heat really got to me but we made our way through and won both motos. I also won the qualification so I can go home happy. The track is what it is and riders have to adapt but for sure it was kind of Supercross style, and with this heat, the humidity and such a track it was really tough. Sometimes you have to fight through a wall and that’s what I did. Now I have three weeks to recover so I’m going to rest, recover and start training again on Wednesday.”
Results MX2 Nakhonchaisri
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT), KTM (4-2)
3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Kawasaki (2-4)
4. Thomas Covington (USA), Kawasaki (5-5)
5. Valentin Guillod (SUI), Yamaha (6-6)
Standings MX2 after 2 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 100 points
2. Ferrandis, 78
3. Jonass, 70
4. Julien Lieber (BEL), Yamaha, 62
5. Guillod, 58