Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM team suffered yet another major setback at the Latvian GP. After claiming the pole position during Saturday’s qualifying sessions at Kegums, he crashed on the sighting lap for the first race on Sunday and suffered the misfortune that Armina Jasikonis rode over his ankle.

Despite the searing pain, Herlings decided to start the race. He had to dig deep into his resources and endurance, and won the race, riding though almost unbearable pain. He went to the hospital for a check-up after the race, and there it was determined that he had broken his ankle. He immediately made his way back home for treatment, and his own medical professionals will determine his way back to full fitness,

Despite not starting in the second race, Jeffrey was still credited with sixth overall.

Overall MXGP Latvia:
1 Tim Gajser 40 Pnt
2 Romain Febvre 40 Pnt
3 Arnaud Tonus 40 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 36 Pnt
5 Jeremy van Horebeek 30 Pnt
6 Jeffrey Herlings 25 Pnt

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team made a positive return to GP racing. Herlings finished fourth overall at Orlynok, Russia  with fourth- and seventh place finishes in the two heats of the MXGP class.

The Orlyonok track is extremely treacherous with a concrete-hard underground. It is not Jeffrey’s favourite track, but he decided to go to the event any way to build up race rhythm.  Starting his 2019 GP season in Russia, his qualifying day was not without its challenges. He was laying fourth in the qualifying heat when he crashed hard, and as a consequence he finished only 16th.

Despite, this, Herlings was determined to show some of his old form during Sunday’s races. A good start in the first race got him into the top five. Despite some pressure from other riders, he held his position well and actually moved up to fourth before the flag fell.  In the second race, Jeffrey had a less positive start. He was riding in tenth place for a long while, but with a finishing spurt he got up to seventh.

“I’ve returned from a very serious injury, and that is always difficult to do, mentally as well as physically.  I suffered a lot of pain for a long time,  I honestly did not expect the result we got here today. To be close to the podium feels really good under the circumstances.  I love the track at Latvia that we’re going to next, but again, I’m not going there with any pre-set expectations. I’m not forgetting the long road I’ve had to travel.  If it’s within the realm of possibilities, we’ll fight for a podium finish,”he said.

Jeffrey is off to Kegums next for the Latvian GP next weekend.

Results MXGP Russia:
1 Tim Gajser 50 Pnt
2 Arnaud Tonus 44 Pnt
3 Jeremy Seewer 36 Pnt
4 Jeffrey Herlings 32 Pnt
5 Romain Febvre 32 Pnt

Standings MXGP 2019:
1 Tim Gajser 351 Pnt
2 Antonio Cairoli 338 Pnt
3 Gautier Paulin 231 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 220 Pnt
5 Arminas Jasikonis 212 Pnt
24 Jeffrey Herlings 32 Pnt

MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings ended a dominant 2018 campaign with his 17th victory of the year at Imola for the Grand Prix of Italy and the 84th of his career. MXGP made a third visit to Italy this year as the famous ‘Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari’ in Imola staged the FIM Motocross World Championship for the first time. A hard-packed, compact and jumpy course lay over the final section of the asphalt track provided a mix of bumps, ruts and generous air time for the riders of the MXGP and MX2 classes. Late afternoon sunshine complicated some of the visibility but also warmed a packed attendance at the facility located in the town’s ‘park’ to see the MXGP project and who were able to witness the sixteenth ‘double’ by Red Bull KTM in 2018.

Jeffrey Herlings’ assault on the statistics of 2018 continued at Imola. On Saturday the new world champion topped every session and ran to a thirteenth Qualification Heat victory. The Dutchman had maintained his strict training schedule since his title spoils at Assen two weeks previously. He overtook Tim Gajser and sprinted clear in the first moto on Sunday and offered a repeat showing of his superiority in the second.

Herlings has now reached a staggering 84 career wins just after his 23rd birthday and has won the last eight in a row with his works KTM 450 SX-F. He has claimed 17 of the 20 rounds in 2018, gracing every MXGP podium apart from the one event he missed (the Grand Prix of Lombardia at Ottobiano in the wake of collarbone surgery). Herlings has totalled 33 moto wins from a possible 38 and went 1-1 in 15 of his 17 triumphs.

Herlings: “A great way to finish the year. It has been a great experience, a great year and great memories. I especially want to thank my team. If you look to the statistics then it has been pretty unbelievable and almost an indescribable year. It will be hard to accomplish again I think. My goal now is to go 1-1 at the Nations. That would be the cherry on the cake and is the next thing on the wish list. We’ll see!”

Results MXGP Imola 2018
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED) KTM (1-1)
2. Tim Gajser (SLO) Honda (2-2)
3. Clement Desalle (BEL) Kawasaki (3-3)
4. Julien Lieber (BEL) Kawasaki (5-4)
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA), Husqvarna (4-6) 

Standings MXGP 2018 after 20 of 20 rounds
1. Jeffrey Herlings, 933 points
2. Tony Cairoli, 782
3. Clement Desalle, 685
4. Tim Gajser, 669
5. Gautier Paulin, 574


Jeffrey Herlings is the 2018 MXGP FIM Motocross World Champion, and for the seventh time in the last nine seasons Red Bull KTM will scoop both MXGP and MX2 titles in the same year. The Grand Prix of the Netherlands at Assen saw the Dutchman win again in front of ecstatic home fans as Tony Cairoli confirmed his runner-up status.

For the fourth year in a row the temporary and spectacularly set motocross course laid over the stadium section of the TT Circuit Assen provided a rough, tight and curvy test. The sand benefitted from a slightly revised layout for 2018 but made largely the same inventive use of space next to the vast grandstand that was filled with most of the 40,000 attendance.

Herlings secured his first world championship with the KTM 450 SX-F in the premier class of the FIM series – becoming the first Dutchman to do so for 30 years – and the fourth of a career that begun with his current Red Bull KTM team in 2010 at the tender age of fifteen.

Setting off from the first pick in the gate after posting his twelfth Qualification Heat victory on Saturday, Herlings passed Tony Cairoli before the end of the first lap and was cheered all the way to the chequered flag. The 24 year old cruised to the line almost forty seconds ahead of the pack and began the celebrations. He provoked a gasp from most of the circuit in the second moto with an early race crash but then hiked the entertainment factor by cutting his way through to win once more. It was Herlings’ seventh Grand Prix triumph in a row and 14th moto success; he was last beaten in Indonesia in July.

After 19 Grands Prix (of which he contested 18) and 36 motos, Herlings has won 16 and 31 and never finished lower than third in those 36 starts. He has dropped only 17 points all season and boasts a 100% podium record in just his second season in the category.

Herlings: “It has been an amazing day and it was a blessing to be in my shoes. Everyone had been saying ‘enjoy the day’ but it just ‘went’! To do this in front of my home crowd here at the TT Circuit Assen is amazing: a special day and it was nice to do it in style. I pretty much led the whole of the first moto and then in between races it was hard to stay focussed because there are many friends, family, sponsors who want to congratulate you and I couldn’t really do my normal routine! I tried to pass Glenn in the second moto but went down and had to pick up from tenth position and then work to get back to the lead. I managed to get little gap over Tony. It was a great day and it has been a special year. I have to give it up to Red Bull KTM; we’ve been together through this all the way so a big thanks to all the team and all the guys at the factory. Going 1-1, winning the championship, home crowd: enough said.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “This is a special one. Jeffrey has been with us since 2009 and we have been through many ups-and-downs. When he was a kid everything was just getting better and better but then he got some nasty injuries and there were many tough days with this boy, but when you get to know him and see how much effort he puts in to get the results then he deserves this title more than anyone. Tony also had a fantastic season and it is impressive to see what he did but then Jeffrey just topped it off with his work. All our guys make a big effort but Jeffrey is outstanding. It is very emotional to see him at this level. For many years people have talked about him being the best rider in the world but he got injured before he could prove it on paper. Finally he did it, so it’s a special moment for all of us.”

The eight-month MXGP campaign comes to an end in two weeks time with the inauguration of Imola as a Grand Prix venue for round twenty of the season.

Next race: Grand Prix of Italy, Imola, September 30th

Results MXGP Assen 2018
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM (2-2)
3. Max Anstie (GBR) Husqvarna (3-4)
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED), KTM (5-3)
5. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (4-5)

Standings MXGP 2018 after 19 of 20 rounds
1. Jeffrey Herlings, 883 points
2. Tony Cairoli, 782
3. Clement Desalle, 645
4. Tim Gajser, 625
5. Romain Febvre, 544

Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings could seal the 2018 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship at his home Grand Prix in two weeks time after a fifteenth win of the season at Afyon today in Turkey.

The Afyon Motorsports centre made an FIM World Championship ‘debut’ this weekend for the first Grand Prix in Turkey since 2009. The course was hard-packed, wide, fast and rough in sections that made for some relentless racing and Red Bull KTM again played their part in some hot and sunny conditions in front of 15,000 spectators (weekend figure). The fixture was the third in three weeks for the MXGP paddock and the eighteenth round of twenty in the 2018 campaign.

Jeffrey Herlings stands on the brink of his first title in the premier class and the fourth of his career after his thirteenth 1-1 victory of the season. The 23 year old Dutchman controlled proceedings in the opening moto with his KTM 450 SX-F after winning the Qualification Heat for the eleventh time on Saturday. Herlings faced some competition for the lead deep into the second moto from 2016 champion Tim Gajser but maintained his speed in the final minutes to again take the chequered flag. Herlings has won the last 7 Grands Prix in a row, 11 from the last 12 and has not been defeated for the last 13 motos.

#84 now has a margin of 95 points over world champion Tony Cairoli with just 100 left to win in events in Holland and Italy.

Herlings: “Absolutely a great weekend for me and that’s ‘three in a row’ of Qualification Heat and both moto wins, so I have to say a big thank you to the team for their great job: they have made a great sacrifice and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I’m looking forward to Assen because we are really close to the championship now and I hope to finish it off. Like I said, it will be a dream come true to win it at my home GP. The chances of taking this title during a rider’s career are small anyway but to potentially do it in my home country would be amazing. We’ll just go out, do our best and try to stay healthy to get it done.”

After three consecutive weekends of action MXGP will reassemble for the last two rounds of the 2018 campaign in a fortnight’s time with the Grand Prix of the Netherlands taking place at Assen for the fourth year in a row.

Next race: Grand Prix of the Netherlands, Assen, September 16th

Results MXGP Afyon 2018
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (3-2)
3. Clement Desalle (BEL) Kawasaki (4-3)
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA) Husqvarna (8-4)
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL) Yamaha (5-6)

Standings MXGP 2018 after 18 of 20 rounds
1. Jeffrey Herlings, 833 points
2. Tony Cairoli, 738
3. Clement Desalle, 619
4. Tim Gajser, 591
5. Romain Febvre, 544

Red Bull KTM arrived in Bulgaria one week after the Grand Prix of Switzerland. The circuit and country changed for the series but the formbook did not budge as Jeffrey Herlings won the MXGP class and extended his advantage in the respective categories.

The fast, wide layout of the Sevlievo hard-pack welcomed MXGP back for the first time since 2014 and gave the older element of the Grand Prix paddock the chance to reacquaint themselves with the steep uphills and hard braking tests of the descents. Good weather persisted through the weekend leading to a dry and rippled track with lap-times close between the athletes.

Jeffrey Herlings did not complete the clean sweep on Saturday. The championship leader was outpaced by Tim Gajser in Free Practice but set the quickest lap-time by almost two seconds in Timed Practice and cleared-off for his tenth Qualification Heat victory when it counted. Herlings then took charge of the opening moto from Gajser and ran free to his ninth chequered flag in a row. The second affair produced a similar outcome once Herlings moved past his teammate. Red Bull KTM classified 1-2 on the track but Herlings toasted his fourteenth overall GP win from seventeen rounds on the KTM 450 SX-F (the sixteen he has contested) and his twelfth ‘1-1’. He also stretched his margin in the MXGP standings to 73 points.

Herlings: “I think this is one of the most beautiful tracks…but not really one of my favourites with the hard and slick ground. I think Youthstream and the guys did a great job with preparation but it was tough with the high temperatures. We had an awesome weekend: winning Qualifying and both motos. It is all I can ask for. It is too early to talk about the title but it is definitely getting closer. Anything can happen still. We’ll wait and see but today we did a good thing for the championship and we’re leading by 73 points now.”

Back in MXGP and the first Grand Prix of Turkey for ten years will take place at the new circuit of Afyonkarahisar next weekend.

Next race: Grand Prix of Turkey, Afyonkarahisar, September 2nd

Results MXGP Sevlievo 2018
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (2-3)
3. Clement Desalle (BEL) Kawasaki (3-4)
4. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM (8-2)
5. Romain Febvre (FRA) Yamaha (4-5)

Standings MXGP 2018 after 17 of 20 rounds
1. Jeffrey Herlings, 783 points
2. Tony Cairoli, 710
3. Clement Desalle, 581
4. Tim Gajser, 549
5. Romain Febvre, 544

Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings shutout of 2018 MXGP continued at a packed Grand Prix of Switzerland as he secured a 13th overall victory from 16 rounds with his 11th 1-1 performance of the year.

For the third year in succession the Frauenfeld-Gachnang circuit staged one of the more memorable rounds of MXGP with fine weather, a technical, fast and challenging course and a hefty attendance enhancing the Swiss Grand Prix experience. The largely flat layout involved rutty and bumpy soil and was home to more Red Bull KTM glory.

Jeffrey Herlings increased his margin at the top of MXGP from 36 points to 58 over teammate Tony Cairoli thanks to another sledgehammer of statistics in Switzerland with his KTM 450 SX-F. #84 logged his fourth perfect scorecard in a row and has swept Grands Prix in Holland, Italy, Portugal, Latvia, Germany, Britain, France, Indonesia, Czech Republic and Belgium. He has 25 chequered flags from a possible 32, 13 wins from 16 and has missed the podium only once.

The Dutchman surprisingly suffered a crash early in Saturday’s Qualification Heat which opened the door for Cairoli to engage in some excellent racecraft and secure his fourth Pole Position of 2018. Herlings came back to 6th and did not repeat the mistake on the second turn of the opening moto on Sunday: the Dutchman attacked the corner with verve and was soon past Clement Desalle and controlling the 30 minute and 2 lap dash from the front. Cairoli struggled with a crash that cost him time and positions – as well as a tweaked knee and damaged motorcycle – and crossed the finish line in 8th.

The second moto was another display of authority by the championship leader as Herlings again ran free. Cairoli rode brightly in spite of the distraction of his knee and his 6th place meant 7th overall and just the third time in 2018 he has missed an MXGP podium ceremony.

Herlings: “It is pretty amazing to go 1-1 on what is a tough track for me. It was not easy, so I have to give-it-up to Red Bull KTM for the great bike and the great work those guys are doing. Only four races to go and we did good things for the championship this weekend. To win at this level and to go against guys like Tony, a nine times world champ, and all the others you have to be 100% physically and mentally and not be worrying about anything. It is hard but if you are winning then it’s worth it.”

MXGP shuffles immediately east this week and returns to the former award-winning circuit of Sevlievo for the first time since 2014 for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria in seven days time.

Next race: Grand Prix of Bulgaria, Sevlievo, August 26th

Results MXGP Frauenfeld-Gachnang 2018
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)2
. Romain Febvre (FRA) Yamaha (3-2)
3. Clement Desalle (BEL) Kawasaki (2-4)
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED), KTM (4-7)
5. Max Anstie (GBR) Husqvarna (6-5)

Standings MXGP 2018 after 16 of 20 rounds
1. Jeffrey Herlings, 733 points

2. Tony Cairoli, 675
3. Clement Desalle, 543
4. Romain Febvre, 510
5. Tim Gajser, 507

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team won both heats of the MXGP round at Lommel in Belgium. In the extreme heat he won both heats and collected maximum points.

Herlings was fastest in both training sessions on Saturday, and easily won the qualifying race. In temperatures that soared above 30, he saved his energy for Sunday’s gruelling races.

Herlings charged to the lead in race one and maintained a punishing pace. Despite a minor crash near the end of the race he had plenty of time to recover and claim the win.

Herlings did not get the lead straight away in race two, but soon enough he was in his accustomed position. His pace was such that he lapped up to the tenth rider, a remarkable achievement for a GP race.

With his overall victory Herlings has extended his world championship lead to 36 points. The series will take a week’s break and then continue in Frauenfeld in Switzerland.

Overall MXGP Lommel

PosRiderRace 1Race 2Total
1Herlings, Jeffrey252550
2Cairoli, Antonio222244
3Anstie, Max181836
4Febvre, Romain201636
5Coldenhoff, Glenn152035

World Championship Standings MXGP

1Herlings, J.683
2Cairoli, A.647
3Desalle, C.503
4Gajser, Tim478
5Febvre, Romain468

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team won both heats of the Czech MXGP. Herlings has mixed feelings about this track, but was unbeatable on the day, and extended his world championship lead to 30 points.

Herlings was quickest in both training sessions and had a decent start in the qualifying race.
He recovered from fourth, but by the time he had gotten to second, Antonio Cairoli was too far gone and he settled for that position.

Herlings was second into the corner in the first race, and quickly assumed the lead by passing Cairoli.
He kept building the lead and won by a comfortable margin.

The second race was a near carbon copy of the first, except that Herlings had to withstand more pressure early on.
He kept his head cool and gradually edged away.

Herlings’ GP victory has put him in a strong position in the world championship standings with a lead of 30 points.
The series continues in two weeks’ time at Lommel in Belgium.

MXGP Overall
1 Jeffrey Herlings 50 Points
2 Antonio Cairoli 44 Points
3 Tim Gajser 40 Points
4 Romain Febvre 32 Points
5 Jeremy van Horebeek 32 Points

MXGP Championship
1 Jeffrey Herlings 633 Points
2 Antonio Cairoli 603 Points
3 Clement Desalle 479 Points
4 Tim Gajser 450 Points
5 Romain Febvre 432 Points

The MXGP of Asia in Semarang, Indonesia is complete and one to remember! The weekend was full of action all leading up to today’s racing where Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings took the overall while gaining ground in the championship standings.

The competitors in the 2018 MXGP World Championship are as tough as nails or in Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings case tough as the plate and screws of his recently fractured collar bone. Herlings came into the Indonesian trip unsure of his situation but by the end has come away with 97 championship points of the 100 available.

At the drop of the gate for MXGP Race 1 Herlings was the fastest to the first turn but lost the Fox Holeshot and lead when he bobbled on the exit of the corner. Taking over the lead position and the Fox Holeshot was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin in 3rd and Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing’s Clement Desalle in 4th. Herlings struggled to keep momentum at the start of the race and was passed by both Gajser and Paulin on lap 2 with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvre closing in as well. Cairoli’s lead was then taken by Gajser and Febvre was past Herlings who was immediately under pressure from Desalle. Herlings made a move around the outside of Febvre and was then past Cairoli in the same lap. From that point Herlings gained time on Gajser and made a pass lap 13 just before Febvre crashed out of 4th. At the finish Herlings took the win with Gajser 2nd and Cairoli 3rd.

Race 2 was started with a second Fox Holeshot from Cairoli with Herlings, Desalle, and Seewer alongside. Febvre was back for Race 2 but fell on the start and had to fight back from dead last. Cairoli’s good start was short lived when he dropped 5 position in the first 3 turns back to 6th. Desalle was in the lead next but Herlings took it away in before the first lap was complete. At the finish Herlings took his 2nd race win of the day with Desalle 2nd, Gajser 3rd, Cairoli 4th, and Seewer 5th. In the overall result Herlings took the clear win with 1-1, Gajser took 2nd with 2-3, and Desalle returned to the podium for the first time since winning the MXGP of Russia with 4-2 for 3rd.

Jeffrey Herlings: “To go home with 97 points from the 2 weekends is absolutely amazing, I didn’t expect that and it has been like a dream come true. Not only didn’t I lose any points but I actually gained some, not many but a few is good so I don’t want to take this for granted. The rest of the guys rode awesome I really had to fight in the first race with Tim and the second with Clement.”

MXGP Overall
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 p.;
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 40 p.;
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.;
5. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 28 p.;

MXGP Championship
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 583 points;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 559 p.;
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 447 p.;
4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 410 p.;
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 400 p.;