Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings will sit out the Grands Prix of Lombardia, Citta di Mantova and Europe from September 27-October 4 to undergo another MRI scan in the wake of his crash during Free Practice for the Grand Prix of Citta di Faenza last Wednesday.

The current MXGP FIM World Championship leader and winner of four rounds from seven so far in 2020 fell and suffered a large impact to his neck and shoulders at the Monte Coralli circuit on Wednesday morning. The soon-to-be 26-year old was taken to a hospital in Bologna and then to Herentals in Belgium where he was examined by renowned and trusted surgeon Dr Claes.

While Herlings was fortunate to escape serious injury, the hard landing means he needs to rest and monitor the state of his upper torso in the next two weeks. He is due to have another MRI on September 29th. The date means he will miss the next four rounds of the series. The Mantova circuit will stage a triple header in one week at the end of this month.

Dirk Gruebel, Team Manager and Technical Co-Ordinator: “While it was a scary crash we have to be thankful that Jeffrey was not badly hurt. The first scans are positive when you consider the injuries he could have picked up. He is a really tough guy and has been through this process before. It is frustrating because of the good work he’d done in the championship standings but it is the negative part of the sport we have to accept. Hopefully the scan in a few weeks will show his recovery is going in the right direction. All the team will miss him until he’s back on the bike and doing what he does best.”

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

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Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory racing team won the fifth round of the MXGP world championships at Kegums in Latvia. After a difficult first race where he finished fourth, he won the second head to clinch the overall victory. 

Herlings quickly posted the pole time during qualifying, to underline that he meant business at this, the last of three races at the same venue. He launched poorly in race one, and was just inside the top ten. He battled to find a rhythm initially, and it took him long to pass Clement Desalle. After that he passed Ivo Monticelli, and set off in pursuit of Jorge Prado. A small crash cost him a position, which he quickly reclaimed to finish fourth. 

A better start in race two immediately had Herlings in the top five. He quickly made his passes, and before long, had the lead in hands. He kept championship rival Tim Gajser behind him, and when Gajser made a mistake, he opened up a gap. He was not threatened for the rest of the race and took the race – and overall victories. 

“I was the most consistent of all during the three Latvian race,” Herlings remarked. “We still have to work on a number of aspects, though, because I’m not yet riding like I should. I did come away from these three races with the most points in total, and that was largely due also to the great bike which the team has given me. I’m glad to have clinched another GP victory, and look forward to the next race.”

Jeffrey has now clinched his third GP victory for the season, and the 89th of his career. Main championship rival Tim Gajser suffered mechanical problems in the second race, and Jeffrey has increased his world championship lead to 46 points.  

The series continues in Turkey on 6 September.

Overall MXGP of Kegums:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 43 Pnt
2 Arminas Jasikonis 42 Pnt
3 Jorge Prado 38 Pnt
4 Antonio Cairoli 34 Pnt
5 Romain Febvre 32 Pnt

World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 213 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 167 Pnt
3 Arminas Jasikonis 163 Pnt
4 Antonio Cairoli 163 Pnt
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 146 Pnt

 

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Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team had a great outing at the fourth round of the MXGP motocross world championships at Kegums in Latvia. Despite losing the overall GP victory due to a crash, he extended his world championship lead to 28 points.

Herlings set off strongly during qualifying, and posted the fourth fastest time. The first race started with a setback, though, because he was involved in a forst corner pile-up. He was in sublime form, passing one rider after another. After passing almost the entire field, he finished third, extending his world championship lead.

Herlings started well in the second race, and set off in the leading group. Before long, he held the race lead, and looked set to control proceedings from there. With two laps to go, though, he crashed in the wave section, dropping him to third. Despite mounting an attack on the leaders, time ran out, and he finished third, which was good enough for third overall on the day.

“That was a rookie mistake,” Jeffrey said after the race. ‘’Normally I would never have thrown away such a lead with two laps to go. My front wheel slid out, and I could not hold it up from there. I lost the overall victory through this, and also five championship points. The day was more positive than negative, though. My start was far better in the second race, and we have done well in the championship standings, although I don’t like to talk about that much. We will recover as best we can for Sunday’s race, and I’m obviously hoping for another good day.”

Jeffrey was called to the podium for third overall, and now enjoys a 28 point lead in the championship standings. The final of three outings at Kegums will be this coming Sunday.

Overall MXGP Latvia:
1 Antonio Cairoli 43 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 40 Pnt
3 Jeffrey Herlings 40 Pnt
4 Arminas Jasikonis 38 Pnt
5 Romain Febvre 32 Pnt

World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 170 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 142 Pnt
3 Antonio Cairoli 129 Pnt
4 Arminas Jasikonis 121 Pnt
5 Jeremy Seewer 120 Pnt

 

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Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team managed to contain the damage at the third round of the MXGP world championship series at Kegums in Latvia.

Herlings crashed hard during a training session a few weeks ago and suffered a concussion. That impacted his preparation for the GP and his goal was to minimise the damage.  He finished fourth in both heats and held onto the world championship lead.

The track at Kegums was already treacherous during the early morning sessions. It took Herlings a while to get settled in. He finally found a clear lap and had a go at trying to claim pole position, but he crashed and had to try again. Herlings did another fast lap and ended up in third.

Herlings had a middling start in race one, and had to come forward from tenth place. He managed to pass a few riders, bit some resistance from Jeremy Seewer broke his rhythm, but he still managed to finish fourth.

A crash in the first corner of the second race dropped Herlings to near last, and he had to give it his all.  Again he finished fourth to maintain the world championship lead. He has a four point lead over Tim Gajser.

Jeffrey Herlings: ‘’Though day. 4-4 for 5th overall. Not what we we’re hoping for but I put myself in a though situation in both motos. In 3 days we will get another opportunity.’’ 

The series continues next Wednesday at the same track.

Overall MXGP Latvia:
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 47 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 41 Pnt
3 Romain Febvre 40 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 38 Pnt
5 Jeffrey Herlings 36 Pnt

World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 130 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 126 Pnt
3 Glenn Coldenhoff 103 Pnt
4 Antonio Cairoli 86 Pnt
5 Arminas Jasikonis 83 Pnt

 

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Jeffrey Herlings gave an interesting interview in the MXGP studioshow of Paul Malin and Lisa Leyland. Watch it below.

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team has won the GP at Valkenswaard for the ninth time in his career. Herlings rode two calculated races, and did not take any unnecessary risks on the muddy track.  With second and first in the races respectively, he secured his second GP victory of the season,

Herlings demonstrated in both training sessions on Saturday that he had winning in mind, by posting the fastest times. He was confident going into the qualifying heat, but some armpump on the rough track kept him from keeping the pace that he wanted.  He tried to minimize mistakes, and after holding the lead for a while, he finished second to secure a good gate for Sunday’s races.

A good start launched Jeffrey into the leading group for the first race. He paced his race, and quickly moved into second. He could not close the gap on the leaders and opted for a safe second place finish. A holeshot in race two immediately got Jeffrey into the lead. He found a good rhythm, and managed to  fend off all attacks. He rode to the race- and overall victory at the end of a tough day.

After two rounds of the world championship series, Jeffrey is still in the lead of the world championship standings, with a lead of nine points over Tim Gajser. The world championship series continues in two weeks’time in Argentina.

Overall MXGP Valkenswaard:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 47 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 47 Pnt
3 Arminas Jasikonis 40 Pnt
4 Antonio Cairoli 30 Pnt
5 Jeremy van Horebeek 28 Pnt

World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 94 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 85 Pnt
3 Antonio Cairoli 68 Pnt
4 Clement Desalle 60 Pnt
5 Gautier Paulin 58 Pnt

 

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Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team won the first round of the 2020 MXGP world championship series in Matterley Basin, Great Britain. With first and second in the heats respectively, he took overall honours and is the championship points leader.

The track at Matterley Basin suffered severe winds and storms on Friday and Saturday, and the organizers curtailed the normal qualifying program, with a single qualifying session determining the gate picks for Sunday’s races. It was difficult to post a good lap in the short time available, and Jeffrey did the best to claim the fourth gate.

A good start in the first race got him in with the leading group. He immediately pushed through to the lead. With controlled riding, he managed to increase his lead throughout the race, and he crossed the line with a comfortable margin on the second-placed rider.

Herlings again slotted into the top five off the gate in race two. The track had by now become treacherous, and the low-setting sun made visibility difficult. This caused him some trouble in getting passed Antonio Cairoli for second position, and by then leader Tim Gajser had already made a gap. Realizing that second position in the race was sufficient for the overall win, Jeffrey kept it safe and secured the victory.

“I didn’t have unrealistic expectations coming here. The first heat went perfectly, but the track was very tricky in the second. The low sun made visibility very difficult, and I was happy with overall victory under the circumstances. Now it’s off to my home GP at Valkenswaard and I’m looking forward to that,” Herlings commented.

Overall Grand Prix of Great Britain:
1 Jeffrey Herlings. 47 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 38 Pnt
3 Antonio Cairoli 38 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 35 Pnt
5 Mitch Evans 34 Pnt

 

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Four-times FIM Motocross World Champion Jeffrey Herlings has signed a new contract with his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team and will remain ‘in orange’ for a further three years until the end of the 2023 MXGP season.

The twenty-five-year-old Dutchman inked his deal on the eve of the British Grand Prix this weekend and the opening round of twenty in the 2020 MXGP series; his fourth in the premier class and eleventh in the FIM World Championship all with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

The association began in 2009 when Herlings was signed to make his MX2 GP debut for the 2010 season as a fifteen-year old. He claimed his first top-three race finish in just his second moto at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo, celebrated his first podium at Mantova in Italy for round two and then started an incredible seven-year unbeaten streak of wins a few weeks later at his home event at Valkenswaard; scene of his very first 1-1 clean sweep.

Since that initial term in 2010 Herlings has gone on to accumulate 86 Grand Prix victories in two classes and ace titles in 2012, 2013, 2016 (all MX2) and then 2018 (MXGP) with KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F machinery. In that time there have been some astonishing performances – such as the first moto chequered flag in Latvia last summer, taken with a broken foot – and also some tough moments when he conceded likely titles in 2014 and 2015 due to injury. His peerless 2018 MXGP campaign saw #84 own 17 from 19 Grands Prix and classify as runner-up in the other two outings.

Herlings is already the most successful Dutch rider in the history of the sport and is third on the list for all-time Grand Prix triumphs. In 2019 he added the Motocross of Nations Chamberlain trophy to his heaving collection of silverware.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I’m very, very happy. I have been with KTM since 2009 so by the end of this next contract it will be fifteen years together. I’m excited to stay in the orange family and I have been working with Pit [Beirer] and the entire crew since the beginning and I was fourteen. I’m blessed to be able to do it for another three years; four including this one about to start. It is also good to have this done before the weekend and GP1 of 2020. KTM is where my heart is, and they are my family. I’m thankful that they trust in me, and I believe in them, the bike and all the people I work with. I’ll be racing with them until I’m 28 and I’m super-happy, hopefully there many more happy days ahead.”

 

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “This contract definitely means a lot to me personally because it was back in 2009 that we gave this young kid and his family our word that we’d take good care of him and he had a great future in front of him: we wanted to be a partner in that. We went through so many ups and downs with Jeffrey and he has collected all of his wins and titles with us – just one brand. It was actually quite emotional to know he could spend his career with just one company. I’m really happy that we could agree everything so early for another three years and I wish him a healthy and strong season and hopefully an even longer association with us when he’s stopped racing.”

 

Robert Jonas, Vice President KTM Motorsports Offroad: “Jeffrey’s story with KTM is really special and I think it shows the strong bond we have with him that he wanted to commit to another three years with us. We all know his speed and his ability, and that determination to get the best of himself on the circuit can be almost unmatchable. He is a spectacular athlete to watch and to work with and we’re looking forward to a lot more races together.”

Jefferey Herlings underwent a successful operation this morning, to remove metal plated from his body. Herlings will not be able to do any motor training for six weeks, but he will be completely encumbrance – and pain free, and will have the full range of motion in his ankle and foot again.

Herlings suffered constant discomfort and pain in his foot during this season.

Herlings will after his recovery commence training for the 2020 season, where the goal is to recapture his world title.