Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings continued his dominant charge in the MX2 World championship this weekend in Britain’s Matterley Basin, finishing with another 1-1 to wrap up his 58th career GP win, one more than the KTM Motocross Sport Director Joel Smets registered in his racing career.
Riding with a bruised heel from an injury in the Dutch Nationals last weekend, Jeffrey Herlings managed to put aside the pain and deliver two near perfect motos with his KTM 250 SX-F on the wide but challenging British track. Even though he had a difficult qualifying on Saturday, when it came to race day, he never looked threatened.
Herlings said on the morning of the races he was experiencing so much pain that he didn’t dream of such a good outcome. “But we managed to do it and turn a negative weekend into a very good one. We leave here with almost a 150-point lead and its looking very good and very steady. There’s seven rounds to go and three are in the sand, so I am looking forward to my home GPs like in Lommel and Assen.” Herlings is widely considered the finest rider in sand.
The Dutch rider, who was plagued with injury in the past two seasons, has only dropped three points since the opening round in Qatar and now has a commanding 148-lead.
Results MX2 Matterley Basin 2016
1 Jeffrey Herlings 50 Pnt
2 Dylan Ferrandis 44 Pnt
3 Pauls Jonass 38 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 36 Pnt
5 Max Anstie 31 Pnt
Standings MX2 2016 after 11 of 18 rounds
1 Jeffrey Herlings 547 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 399 Pnt
3 Pauls Jonass 370 Pnt
4 Aleksandr Tonkov 298 Pnt
5 Benoit Paturel 293 Pnt