Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team made a positive return to racing during the Swedish GP at Uddevalla. Herlings won the qualifying heat, and finished fourth in the second heat on Sunday.
“I had a problem in the first race, and ironically it was that I grabbed the holeshot,” Herlings explained. “On Satuday, I could keep the pace for 20 minutes, but during the longer races on Sunday I developed armpump. For the first race we set the suspension a bit softer than normal because I could not maintain my normal speed. I led for 20 minutes, but could not keep hold of the bike properly afterwards. I also had a small crash and the bike was struck by another rider and sustained damage. I had to retire from the race, which was a pity, because I could have finished fifth or sixth. “
“I didn’t get the holeshot in race two, which on the day was better for me I’m not comfortable riding at the front yet. I started eighth and worked my way up to fourth. Together with the qualifying win on Saturday I am pretty happy after only two weeks’ training. I want to be at my peak for the race at Assen” (Motocross of Nations), he said.
Jeffrey will be in action at an ADAC MX Masters event at Bielstein next weekend.