Red Bull athlete Jeffrey Herlings took one of his copybook race wins in the opening MX2 moto at the Spanish Grand Prix but showed commendable fighting spirit to battle his way back into contention after a massive crash at the beginning of his second race. The Dutch rider escaped relatively unscathed from a melee immediately after the gate dropped but both rider and bike went flying after he hit a hole and lost the back end of his KTM 250 SX-F in the opening lap.

He managed to scramble back into the action but was way back at twenty-first in the 27-rider lineup. Herlings immediately began to pick off riders and by Lap 11 had recovered 10 places and trailed the race leader by 38 seconds. He finally fought his way up to seventh position to finish just one point behind GP winner Valentin Guillod. Herlings leaves Spain with a 56-point lead in MX2 after six rounds of the championship.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I definitely had a good start in the first moto, won it and stayed out of trouble. I didn’t have such a good start in the second and was around tenth. I worked my way up to sixth and then I had a big crash. But I came back from the back of the field and almost won the overall. There’s some work to do, but I still got some good points for the championship.”
Results Grand Prix MX2 in Spain:

First moto:
1 Jeffrey Herlings
2 Max Anstie
3 Jordi Tixier
4 Pauls Jonass
5 Aleksandr Tonkov

Second moto:
1 Valentin Guillod
2 Tim Gajser
3 Dylan Ferrandis
4 Jordi Tixier
5 Julien Lieber
7 Jeffrey Herlings

Overall MX2:
1 Valentin Guillod 40 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 39 Pnt
3 Jordi Tixier 38 Pnt
4 Max Anstie 34 Pnt
5 Tim Gajser 32 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 261 Pnt
2 Dylan Ferrandis 205
3 Pauls Jonass 177 Pnt
4 Tim Gajser 169 Pnt
5 Valentin Guillod 169 Pnt