With these three race victories, Jeffrey Herlings repeats his result from the Hawkstone International MX last weekend in the UK to close off a very solid pre-season race practice.

Team Manager Joel Smets said Valence completed the factory team’s race practice before the start of the world championship season, although there would be more testing in Belgium before the opening round. “Jeffrey is riding well and is very motivated and we couldn’t wish for a better end of our pre- season race preparation. I’m satisfied, so is he, and so are all the crew. He’s now able to stay calm and learn from his mistakes and I believe this has made him a very complete rider.”

Herlings’ maturity was well illustrated in the way he tackled the final Open class race at Valence. Although the MX1 riders had the obvious advantage over the smaller bikes, he got away well at the start and was running in fourth place. Herlings then rode a clever and concentrated race to gradually close down the gap to the leading MX1 riders and moved into second place in the final stage of the race, behind KTM-supported rider Shaun Simpson. He made the pass into the lead with two laps to go and carried it to the finish to wrap up a very successful day’s racing.

Results MX2 Motocross International Valence 2016
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)

2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki (2-3)
3. Max Anstie (GBR), Husqvarna (3-2)
4. Alexandr Tonkov (RUS), Yamaha (4-6)
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA), Yamaha (5-7)Results Open (MX1+MX2) Motocross International Valence 2016
1. Herlings, 23:39.836 min (MX2)

2. Shaun Simpson (GBR), KTM, +2.456 sec (MX1)
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL), Suzuki, +50.967 (MX1)
4. Milko Potisek (FRA), Yamaha, +52.345 (MX1)
5. Tonkov, +53.336 (MX2)