The Red Bull KTM Factory team went to Sweden knowing it was a difficult task with key members still recovering from debilitating crashes. In MX2 Jeffrey Herlings, who broke a collarbone in a crash at Germany’s Teutschenthal two weeks ago was set to ride with a freshly plated fracture and in fact delivered an impressive performance in his opening MX2 moto.

The Dutch rider, also the fastest qualifier on Saturday, was quick out of the gates, grabbed the holeshot and went on to win his first race. Jeffrey also got a good start in his second moto but to the horror of his team and fans, his race ended coming out of the first corner of the Uddevalla track. Herlings crashed hard, landed on his healthy shoulder but at the same time sustained lacerations to two fingers and had to retire. To add to the disappointment for the 2-time MX2 World Champion, Herlings was looking at a possible hat trick at the Swedish circuit after having won in 2013 and 2014.

MX2 Results
1, Tim Gajser, SLO, Honda, (2 – 1)
2, Valentin Guillod, SUI, Yamaha, (3 – 4)
3, Jeremy Seewer, SUI, Suzuki, (7 – 2)
4, Vsevolod Brylyakov, RUS, Honda, (5 – 5)
5, Brian Bogers, NED, KTM, (8 – 8)
6, Brent van Doninck, ESP, Honda, (6 – 11)
7, Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM, (1 – DNF)
8, Roberts Justs, LAT, KTM, (11 – 9)
9, Jordi Tixier, FRA, Kawasaki, (24 – 3)
10, Benoit Paturel, FRA, Yamaha, (12 – 10)

MX2 Standings

1. Herlings, 423
2, Gajser, 345
3, Guillod, 335
4, Seewer, 311
5, Jonass, 307
6, Tixier, 306
7, Max Anstie, GBR, Kawasaki, 262
8, Julien Lieber, BEL, Yamaha, 259
9, Aleksandr Tonkov, RUS, Husqvarna, 256
10, Dylan Ferrandis, FRA, Kawasaki, 205