Red Bull KTM factory rider Jeffery Herlings delivered two stunning motos to take a 1-1 victory in the MX2 in what was his 100th career moto victory and his 51st GP win.
But riding in front of the enthusiastic Argentinean crowd, the day belonged to Jeffrey Herlings. He won his first moto on the KTM 250 SX-F by 35 seconds and while he allowed himself a celebratory final lap in the second, he still crossed the line 31 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. The minor podium places went to Jeremy Seewer of Switzerland and Russian Alexandr Tonkov but Herlings dominated both races and looked a winner for whole way. The Dutch rider is now unbeaten in the current season and after four rounds already has an impressive 48-point lead in the points.
Herlings: “We had a really good weekend and were the fastest. We won the qualifying on Saturday and on Sunday I was second at the start of the first moto and worked my way up to the lead and pretty much checked out after that. Then we did what we had to do in the second race and made it happen to get the 100 moto wins. I’m really happy about that. Hopefully we can get this winning going again in Mexico next weekend.”
Results MX2 Neuquen 2016
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki (4-2)
3. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS), Yamaha (3-3)
4. Samuele Bernardini (ITA), TM (5-6)
5. Petar Petrov (BUL), Kawasaki (6-8)
Standings MX2 2016 after 4 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 200 points
2. Seewer, 152
3. Tonkov, 131
4. Jonass, 130