Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team won the backbreaking GP of Lommel last weekend. After a controlled victory in the first race, Herlings had to go all out in the second. He was involved in a pitched battle with Antonio Cairoli where the lead changed places several times. After a titanic battle, Herlings was the one who came out victorious, claiming his second MXGP triumph.
Jeffrey demonstrated from the earliest session of free practice that he would be happy with nothing else but the victory on the weekend. He posted the fastest times in both training sessions, and recovered from a bad start in the qualifying heat to take the victory from Cairoli in the dying seconds.
A strong opening lap in the first heat on Sunday advanced Jeffrey from tenth to third. He quickly passed Cairoli, and set his sights on Glenn Coldenhoff. After a calculated move, he passed Coldenhoff, and opened up a gap, from where he was not challenged again.
The second heat yielded up a titanic battle between Herlings and Ciaroli. The riders passed each other several times, and gave the crowd something to remember. In the end, it was Herlings who prevailed, and he took the race- and overall victories.
As a result of his victory in this GP, Herlings has risen to second in the world championship standings. He has a 99 point deficit to Cairoli. The world championship series continues next weekend at Frauenfeld in Switzerland.
Overall MXGP in Lommel:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 50 Pnt
2 Antonio Cairoli 44 Pnt
3 Glenn Coldenhoff 38 Pnt
4 Clement Desalle 31 Pnt
5 Gautier Paulin 29 Pnt
World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Antonio Cairoli 567 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 468 Pnt
3 Clement Desalle 462 Pnt
4 Gautier Paulin 446 Pnt
5 Tim Gajser 376 Pnt