Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team won the US Grand Prix at Jacksonville in Florida. After coming back from 15th to second in the first race, he slotted into second spot early in the second moto. After putting leader Antonio Cairoli under pressure, he pounced when Cairoli made a mistake, and rode to the race – and overall victory.
Jeffrey prepared himself well for the race in the weeks before at Bakers Factory training facility. The oppressive heat in Florida mandated that one had to be well prepared to be able to cope. Jeffrey felt well on Saturday, and posted the quickest times in both training sessions. He underlined this with a victory in the qualifying heat.
Jeffrey had a bad start in the first race, and found himself in 15th spot. This took a while on the fast track, and by the time he was in second, Eli Tomac had built up a sizeable lead, and Jeffrey had to be content with second.
Herlings was in the leading group at the start of race two. He placed pressure on Antonio Cairoli, forcing the world championship leader into a mistake. After that, Jeffrey had no trouble in collecting the win. This gave him the GP victory, and cemented his spot in second place in the world standings.
The run for the title is all but gone, but Jeffrey has an advantage of 32 points on third-placed Gautier Paulin with two GPs to go. The title chase continues next weekend at Assen in the Netherlands.
Overall Grand Prix America:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 47 Pnt
2 Eli Tomac 45 Pnt
3 Antonio Cairoli 42 Pnt
4 Tim Gajser 32 Pnt
5 Max Anstie 30 Pnt
World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Antonio Cairoli 673 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 577 Pnt
3 Gautier Paulin 545 Pnt
4 Clement Desalle 544 Pnt
5 Tim Gajser 485 Pnt