Jeffrey Herlings of the red Bull KTM team made a positive comeback to racing action on Thursday.  The Dutch Masters of Motocross round at Rhenen marked his return after a long injury-enforced layoff, and he booked a heat win already to show that he meant business.

After his four month lay-off, Herlings came back wit a bang, posting the fastest qualifying time. This gave him confidence, although he knew that competing for a race distance was another story. Herlings  launched in the leading group in race one, and bided his time to see the lay of the land. He experienced some heavy armpump late in the race, and decided to push out front, which yielded him the race win.

Herlings again started in the top five in race two. He pushed forward to second, but fatigue set in later on, and he had to slack off. The armpump prevented him from going full out, and he set matters on safe to finish fourth. He was third overall for the day.

Jeffrey will be in action at the ADAC MX Masters at Möggers in Austria, and the weekend thereafter he will participate in his first GP of the season in Russia.

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team won both heats of the second round of the Dutch Masters of Motocross at Oldebroek. He claimed victory with substantial margins in both instances.

After his dominant performance at Markelo, Herlings was the championship leader going into the event. Markelo is special in that it is only used for a single or maximum a few events per year. The volunteer club members worked hard to ensure a perfectly prepared track and were rewarded with large spectator numbers.

After a medium start in race one, Jeffrey had to fight his way forward from outside the top ten. He was fifth after two laps, and a few laps later he was ready to take over the lead from Romain Febvre. He went on to win by 30 seconds.

A better start in race two launched him into fourth. A scary moment followed when he and Shaun Simpson tangled in the air, fortunately without crashing. Febvre was again in the lead, and provided strong resistance, but after waiting for his opportunity, Herlings again took the lead and raced away.

After four perfect races, Jeffrey has maximum points and will defend the red plate at Mill in five weeks’ time. He will be in action at the next round of the MXGP world championship series at Trentino in Italy next weekend.

Overall Dutch Masters of Motocross 500cc Oldebroek:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 50 pnt
2 Romain Febvre 44 pnt
3 Gautier Paulin 38 pnt
4 Shaun Simpson 38 pnt
5 Harri Kullas 30 pnt