Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team won the sixth round of the MXGP motocross world championships on the stone hard track of Faenza in Italy. Herlings rode two smart races, striking for the lead in the second half of the race on both occasions. He has managed to substantially increase his lead in the world championship standings.
Jeffrey has good memories of the track at Faenza, for it was there that he secured his forst world title in 2012. He underlined this by clinching pole position during qualifying. Jeffrey had a good start in race one, and immediately attacked to get in with the leading group. He managed to trail the race leader for half the race, and when opportunity presented itself, he struck and moved into the lead. He was still under pressure, but kept a good tempo and claimed the win.
The second race was a near carbon copy of the first for Jeffrey. Again, he was poised well in second position, ready to strike at the opportune moment. He took over the lead at about half race distance, and rode a flawless second half of the race.
The two heat wins naturally brought with it the overall victory, and marked a milestone of sorts, this being Jeffrey’s 90th GP he won. He has also managed to increase his world championship lead to 60 points over Antonio Cairoli.
Jeffrey Herlings: ‘’We have done our home work on the hard pack but this is a relief for me. To win both motos here gives me confidence for the next two races on this track.’’
The second run of the triple header will take place at the same track this coming Wednesday.
Overall MXGP Faenza:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 50 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 44 Pnt
3 Antonio Cairoli 40 Pnt
4 Romain Febvre 33 Pnt
5 Jorge Prado 33 Pnt
World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 263 Pnt
2 Antonio Cairoli 203 Pnt
3 Tim Gajser 196 Pnt
4 Arminas Jasikonis 186 Pnt
5 Jeremy Seewer 178 Pnt