The Elsendorp resident is still recovering from his collar bone injury and does not want to risk the rest of his season by resuming racing activities too soon.
“I could have ridden, but my collarbone is still tender. Another blow to it could worsen the injury and put me out for the rest of the season. I do not want to take that risk.”
Herlings has already missed the GP of the Czech Republic, but he enjoys such a massive points lead in the world championship standings that he has the luxury of being able to make this rational decision.
“It is a painful decision. Lommel is one of my favourite tracks and almost a home GP for me. But this is the wisest decision at the moment. I will have another examination and then decide whether to start again at the Swiss GP next weekend or at Assen on 28 August.”