Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team has had mixed fortunes at round three of the World MX2 Series in Argentina. Herlings crashed in the opening moto and with a damaged machine it was impossible to continue but he made a powerful comeback in race two to take a comfortable victory and still wind up overall seventh in the GP.

Despite his crash Herlings was upbeat about the weekend. “This was a great GP, there were a lot of fans and I really liked the track. I was fast in every practice, I won qualifying and I had good starts. Then I had an average start in the first moto and touched another rider over the jump. But I came back strong in the second moto, I still have the red plate and I’m going home safe,” he said.

Herlings and the GP winner Dylan Ferrandis leave Argentina both with 125 points, while Jonass is in third place with 112. Herlings and Jonass ride the KTM 250 SX-F.

The next round is on April 19, 2015 when the championship returns to Europe and is hosted by Arco di Trento in Italy, where riders can expect a tight, hard pack track surface in contrast to the sand of Patagonia.

Next Round: April, 19, 2015 – Arco di Trento (ITA).

Results MX2 Patagonia
1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Kawasaki (1-2)
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT), KTM (2-3)
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki (5-5)
4. Thomas Covington (USA), Kawasaki (7-7)
5. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (12-4)
7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (DNF-1)

Standings MX2 after 3 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 125 points
2. Ferrandis, 125
3. Jonass, 112
4. Tonkov, 82
5. Covington, 81

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing welcomed Jeffrey “The Bullet” Herlings back to the podium with a double race win in the MX2 Grand Prix of Thailand on Sunday with two dominant race wins to preserve his four race two GP victory streak at the end of the second round.

Jeffrey Herlings was undoubtedly the dominant rider in the MX2 class and looked very much his old self during both races after coming into the season unsure of his position following nearly seven months of injury lay-off. He now leaves Thailand with a perfect 100-point scorecard after two GPs and now has three weeks to work on his fitness before the next round in Argentina on March 29.

Herlings: “This was a really tough weekend and I don’t have so much riding fitness yet because I have only been on the bike four weeks. The heat really got to me but we made our way through and won both motos. I also won the qualification so I can go home happy. The track is what it is and riders have to adapt but for sure it was kind of Supercross style, and with this heat, the humidity and such a track it was really tough. Sometimes you have to fight through a wall and that’s what I did. Now I have three weeks to recover so I’m going to rest, recover and start training again on Wednesday.”

Results MX2 Nakhonchaisri
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT), KTM (4-2)
3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Kawasaki (2-4)
4. Thomas Covington (USA), Kawasaki (5-5)
5. Valentin Guillod (SUI), Yamaha (6-6)

Standings MX2 after 2 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 100 points
2. Ferrandis, 78
3. Jonass, 70
4. Julien Lieber (BEL), Yamaha, 62
5. Guillod, 58

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings delivered a strong message to the critics and his fellow competitors on Saturday on the Losail night circuit in Qatar when he closed out the first round of the 2015 MX2 World Championship with a double moto victory.

It was a great performance by Jeffrey Herlings who has only had two weeks back on the bike after almost six months of injury layoff with a broken femur. Judging by his emotions at the finish, Herlings may have even surprised himself on his first time out for 2015.

“It was pretty amazing,” Herlings said. The Red Bull athlete added: “We have had a tough time both mentally and physically because of the injury. I didn’t expect to win here and this was something really special. I’ll remember it for a long time. Now I hope to keep up this rhythm and if I can put the bike on the podium again next week I am already happy.”

The Dutch racer opened his 2015 account in the MX2 class with a strong first moto and was in the forefront of the action right from the gate drop. He engaged in a tough battle with early race leader Dylan Ferrandis, tucked in behind him and made his move in the fourteenth lap, slipping into the lead after setting the fastest lap. He also got away well in the second moto, again with Ferrandis as his biggest challenger at the start. But by lap three he was out in front by two seconds and never looked back, cutting his way through the gnarly track at the Losail circuit in a style reminiscent of his dominant performances in the first half of 2014.

Results MX2 Qatar
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Julien Lieber (BEL), Yamaha (3-2)
3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Kawasaki (2-5)
4. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (4-7)
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS), Husqvarna (10-3)

Standings MX2 after 1 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 50 points
2. Lieber, 42
3. Ferrandis, 38
4. Gajser, 32
5. Tonkov, 31

KTM Racing has announced that Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings is currently undergoing follow-up treatment on the leg fracture he sustained during the second half of the 2014 MX2 World Championship. Following his accident, surgeons stabilized Jeffrey’s broken femur with metal plates and screws and his treatment involves the removal if these metal elements.

Jeffrey has already had seven weeks of therapy and physical preparation under the expert guidance of the Red Bull Training Center in Austria. He will take a short respite from training for a couple of days after the surgery and then return to his preparation for the 2015 season.

Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport said Jeffrey’s follow-up treatment was an important step to him being completely well and back on his KTM 250 SX-F factory bike.

“The removal of the metal from Jeffrey’s leg means he is one step closer to being able to resume his training and prepare for the coming season,” Beirer said. “Jeffrey is a fighter and a winner and we look forward to seeing him back on the bike as soon as he gets the green light from his doctors.”
Jeffrey Herlings: “Having the metal taken from my leg is another important step in my recovery process and I’m really looking forward to being back on my bike for some solid track time ahead of the start of the season.”

Herlings, a Red Bull athlete and already a double MX2 World Champion, was the outstanding MX2 rider in 2014 and had won 12 of the first 13 GPs on the calendar. He was just five points away from securing the title at the time of his accident.

His 2014 season will be remembered for his outstanding performance and consistent winning results on the KTM 250 SX-F, and for his heroic attempt to capture the handful of points needed to win the championship by returning injured to ride in the final round in Mexico.

KTM Racing has announced that Jeffrey Herlings, the most talented rider in the World Championship Motocross paddock has been signed to ride as a Red Bull KTM factory rider until the end of the 2017 season.

In 2009 Jeffrey rode for JM Racing KTM, his first step to becoming a full factory rider with the KTM team. His opportunity came to move into the MX2 KTM Factory Team at the end of 2009 when, shortly after his fifteenth birthday he had his first factory ride. Herlings, a Red Bull athlete, rode his first full MX2 season with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in 2010 and became the youngest ever MX2 GP winner riding in front of his home crowd at Valkenswaard in April of that year.

Since then he has amassed an impressive total of two MX2 World Championship titles (2012 and 2013), 43 GP wins and in 2014 had an unbeaten streak of 18 race wins. He also won all the GPs in which he started in 2014 however an untimely injury prevented him from competing in the next three GPs of the season.

Jeffrey showed immense courage and determination, and the respect of the entire world of motorcycling to return to the final round in Mexico, attempting to seal his third title by racing in the final round while riding with a still injured leg. He finished the championship in second place conceding only in the final race of the season.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I’ve now had five seasons with KTM and I’m very happy that Pit (Beirer) is giving me a chance to stay with the team for another three years. The team has done a great job and I hope we can continue with good news and good wins in the future.”

Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport: “We are very pleased to have reached agreement with Jeffrey to ride for the factory team through to the end of 2017. Anyone who is a follower of the sport recognizes that he is a rider of passion and exceptional skill and we are very proud that he will be on our bikes and in our factory team in the coming seasons.”