Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team was unbeatable in the international race in Hawkstone Park. Herlings underlined that he is back in the business of winning races in these pre-season events and after two MX2 moto victories also went on to win the Superfinal to put his KTM 250 SX-F well ahead of the bigger 450 racing bikes. British rider Shaun Simpson, a fully supported KTM rider, was second to Herlings in the Superfinal.

KTM MX2 Team Manager Dirk Gruebel: “Jeffrey went really well today and had two convincing wins in the MX2 class. He was also impressive in the Superfinal and finished ahead of the 450s by about seven seconds. Davy also rode well in the first race and had a good battle with Ben Watson but in the second race he got stuck behind Jeremy Seewer and finished 4th. Today was very tough. It rained in the morning and it was muddy and it was also very hard on the bikes.”

Herlings’ victory in the MX2 and his impressive win in the Superfinal shows he has worked hard to prepare for the 2016 season after being sidelined through injury in 2015. Pootjes came away with a 2-4 moto result to be second overall in the MX2 class.While Coldenhoff will race in the final round in Italy next weekend, Herlings and Pootjes plan to compete next weekend at the Valence International MX in France to continue their pre-season race warm-up ahead of the first round of the 2016 MXGP and MX2 World Championship.

Next Race: February 13-14, 2016 Motocross Int. Valence (FRA)

Results MX2 Hawkstone International MX 2016
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Davy Pootjes (NED), KTM (2-4)
3. Max Anstie (GBR), Husqvarna (5-2)
4. Ben Watson (GBR), Husqvarna (3-5)
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki, (7-3)

Results Superfinal Hawkstone International MX 2016
1. Herlings, 30:14.605 min
2. Shaun Simpson (GBR), KTM, +7.404 sec
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL), Suzuki, +10.551
4. Clement Desalle (BEL), Kawasaki, +53.769
5. Watson, +1:15.902 min