The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team has confirmed that it expects it’s two Motocross factory riders Jeffrey Herlings (MXGP) and Pauls Jonass (MX2) to be fit to start at the opening MXGP in Qatar on February 25, 2017.

Jeffrey Herlings was injured in a crash in the final round of the Italian International Motocross Championship (Internazionali D’Italia Motocross) at Ottobiano last week. Tests revealed that he had a fractured fourth metacarpus, one of the five bones between the wrist and the fingers. He had successful surgery on Monday morning in Belgium and will wear a protective cast for one week. Doctors have told Herlings that he should be fit to ride, free of pain, at the opening round of the world championship. The Dutch rider, a three times world champion in MX2, joins the MXGP premier class this season.