Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team crashed in the opening moto of the German Grand Prix coming out of a scrub on the first jump of his opening moto. He rode straight back to the pits holding his arm and the team later confirmed that he had broken his collarbone in what was assessed as a clean fracture.
Team coordinator Valentina Ragni said he immediately left to return home to the Netherlands and would undergo surgery to have the fracture plated, either Sunday night or Monday. With a break in the race program until July 5, Herlings has some respite to heal the fracture.
While Herlings, also a Red Bull athlete, still has a 100-point lead in his bid for another title, there is now fierce competition for second place between the next four riders and only 12 points separate them.