Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team finished second at the third round of the MXGP World championships at RedSand in Spain. The rider from Oploo had to play catch up in both races, and in the second heat he had to recover from 18th position after an early crash.

In race one, Herlings started just outside the top ten, and quickly moved up to seventh. He soon claimed a top five spot and then displaced Clement Desalle, setting in the chase on Romain Febvre. Four laps from the end, he had moved into second, and tried to close the gap with Antonio Cairoli. This was not to be, and he finished second.

A setback in race two in the form of a crash dropped Herlings to 18th. He rode at top pace, and after a number of laps, found himself in the top three. He then got the better of Gautier Paulin, and tried again to catch Cairoli. Time ran out, and he finished second again.

Herlings finished second overall for the day, and is on equal points with Cairoli at the top of the rankings. He has had to relinquish the red plate to Cairoli though.

The World championship series continues in two weeks’ time at Arco di Trento in Italy.

Overall Grand Prix Spain:
1 Antonio Cairoli 50 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 44 Pnt
3 Clement Desalle 36 Pnt
4 Romain Febvre 36 Pnt
5 Gautier Paulin 34 Pnt

World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Antonio Cairoli 141 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 141 Pnt
3 Clement Desalle 103 Pnt
4 Romain Febvre 101 Pnt
5 Gautier Paulin 98 Pnt

After the sunny conditions of Argentina MXGP rediscovered a harsh winter climate at the Eurocircuit for the traditional Grand Prix of Europe and the visit to southern Holland. Rain, snow and plunging temperatures that dropped as low as -2 degrees added an extra physical edge to the bumpy Dutch sand.

Antonio Cairoli aced the first holeshot but Herlings, who started from 19th pick in the gate, was already up to third position by the third lap. Closing in on the Italian Herlings then benefitted from a mistake by Cairoli when he slipped and fell through one of the deep (and few) hillside ruts. In the second moto Cairoli was even stronger and formed a comprehensive lead only for Herlings to again cut through and find a way to pass his teammate. The Dutchman’s 1-1 was his first with the KTM 450 SX-F on a surface where he was raced undefeated for seven years with the KTM 250 SX-F; taking his record to an amazing eight from nine victories.

Herlings heads Cairoli in the MXGP standings by just 6 points with Coldenhoff 6th in the table.

Herlings: “I’m super-happy. We worked hard for this and it seems like we are getting better every week. I want to thank the team and everybody around us who has been pushing so hard. To get results like this is amazing. I’ve been riding at Red Sands a lot and the guys there did a great job with the track. I hope we’ll find some kinder temperatures next weekend!”

The Grand Prix of la Comunitat Valenciana at the new Red Sands circuit will bring MXGP together for round three next weekend.

Next race: MXGP of la Comunitat Valenciana, Red Sands, March 25th

Results MXGP Europe 2018

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM (2-2)
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA), Husqvarna (7-3)
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED), KTM (5-4)
5. Romain Febvre (FRA), Yamaha (6-5)

Standings MXGP 2018 after 2 of 19 rounds

1. Herlings, 97 points
2. Cairoli, 91
3. Clement Desalle, 67
4. Febvre, 65
5. Paulin, 64

When we are just few hours from the start of the first big event of the season, the news of the absence of Jeffrey Herlings named in the paddock of the first round of the Internazionali d’Italia MX SDV series.

The Dutch KTM factory rider, suffered the stretching of a wrist tendon during the training period in Sardinia. Back in Holland to make some check it has been advised by the doctors to rest, as a precaution.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings delivered a superb master class in sand racing on the Dutch beach of Scheveningen (The Hague) on Saturday to be the clear winner of the 2016 Red Bull Knock Out. The popular Dutch rider led home a three-way victory for KTM factory riders with Nathan Watson (GBR) finishing second and Glenn Coldenhoff (NED) in third place.

The KTM riders finished the grueling 20-lap beach race that this year featured a series of challenging obstacles in just under two hours and were the only three of the field to be in the winning lap. Fourth place went to veteran racer Steve Ramon of Belgium and Axel Van de Sande, winner of the last edition, completed the top five.

Jeffrey Herlings the 2016 MX2 world champion won on his KTM 450 SX-F by an impressive 2.29.889 minute margin with Nathan Watson, from the KTM Enduro Factory Racing Team having a spirited battle with Glenn Coldenhoff (factory MXGP rider) in the final stages of the race.

Herlings: “I’m super pleased with the race. We all came here with a big question mark because we don’t have much experience bike-wise and as riders with beach races, and we did very well. I won the heat by two minutes and the final by two minutes plus. We did a great job and I’m very happy for the team. We put it all together and we dominated. This kind of race is nothing like motocross. It’s something different and I’m very happy how it all worked out.”

Even before the first hour was up, the three KTM riders had consolidated their positions at the front. Herlings, who took control of the race just minutes into the opening lap and never looked back as riders and bikes in the huge field of starters started to come unstuck in the tricky conditions and eventually through sheer exhaustion.

Both Herlings and Coldenhoff were very much at home over the whoops and rhythm section and were blisteringly fast down the beach straight that skimmed the water’s edge. But Watson gained the advantage over Coldenhoff in the last hour of the race when the notorious X-Loop was opened. The so-called ‘minefield’ and ‘forest’ sections, the latter over a series of logs, was ideal for Watson’s Enduro skills. The British rider also came to the event after recently taking victory in the Skegness Beach Race in the UK.

More than 70,000 spectators lined the beach and the famous pier for the fifth edition of the race.

Results Red Bull Knock Out 2016
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM, 1:52:58.954 h
2. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM, +2.29.889 min
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED), KTM, +4.27.972
4. Steve Ramon (BEL), Suzuki, +1 lap
5. Axel Van de Sande (BEL), Yamaha, +1 lap

The Dutch team, consisting of Jeffrey Herlings, Brian Bogers and Glenn Coldenhoff, came second in this year’s edition of the Motocross of Nations. Until the very end of the final race, it seemed as if victory would swing the way of the Dutch Team for the first time, but a do-or-die pass by French leader Romain Febvre gave victory to the French for the third time in succession.

Jeffrey Herlings, on his first high profile outing on a 450cc machine after clinching his third MX2 world title, rode a barnstormer of a race, winning his category and keeping 8 time world champion Antonio Cairoli behind him. Herlings was the top rider in the Open Class, but also pulled the overall individual honours his way.

Glenn Coldenhoff also rode for all his worth, and kept his place in the top five for a long time in the third and deciding race. At the end, he had to yield to Febvre and Evgeny Brobryshev of Russia. He finished fourth overall in the MXGP class and this were important points for the Dutch team.

The event produced exciting and tense racing. In the ultra-tense final race, which would decide the overall standings, the Dutch team held the lead for a long time. The pendulum swung the way of the American team as Cooper Webb, their sole representative in the race, made his way forward. Webb crashed in the heat of the battle with Febvre, and the French captain then added the cherry on top by passing Tommy Searle in the dying moments of the race to secure victory for France.

Brian Bogers was riding aboard his KTM 250F in the MX2 class. He did well in both motos and started the opening moto inside of the top three in his class. Unfortunately he crashed and finished in twentieth position. He was determined to do better in the second moto and with a fourteenth place he scored some important points for the Dutch team. These results gave him seventh position overall in the MX2 class.

The Dutch team finished second, only one point adrift, which was their best result ever at the event, and the American squad occupied the third step of the podium.

Final Nations Classification:
1 France 29
2 Holland 30
3 USA 33
4 Belgium 36
5 Italy 44
6 Switzerland 44
7 Great Britain 73
8 Australia 76
9 Estonia 93
10 Canada 95

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team on Sunday wrapped up the 2016 MXGP season on a high note with Jeffrey Herlings taking a 1-1 in MX2 to draw a line under a championship winning season and his career in the class.

Jeffrey Herlings leaves MX2 with three world titles and in excess of 60 GP wins and is already on his way to his career goal of more than 100 overall wins. At Glen Helen, with its speed and daunting hills, he answered the challenge from his MX2 rivals, and the participating top US riders. The Dutch rider was 10.16 seconds ahead of the competition on his KTM 250 SX-F when he took the flag in the first race and 7.51 seconds ahead in the following moto for a clear overall victory. American racers Jeremy Martin and Mitchell Harrison took the minor podium places. Herlings had already wrapped up the title last week in Charlotte but the Glen Helen race secured second in the championship for Swiss rider Jeremy Seewer. Benoit Paturel of France was third.

Herlings: “To finish off the season with a win is pretty amazing. Now I start to ride theKTM 450 SX-F and we’ll work from there. I think we had a very successful career so far and now its time to step up to the big boys. There’s not going to be much change. You stay with the same team and keep working with the same people.” Speaking of the Glen Helen race he commented: “I think I had the strongest Americans here, except Cooper Webb. Jeremy Martin and Austin Forkner are the number two and three in my eyes. I beat those guys three times – on Saturday in the qualifying and twice in today’s motos. I also beat Cooper fair and square in the first moto in Charlotte then he beat me in the second race. I think I showed some great speed and good form, even though I was off the bike for 5-6 weeks and have only been back 3-4 weeks. I think I can say we had it under control.”

 

Herlings admitted it wasn’t easy to draw a line under MX2 and move up a class.

“Its tough to close a chapter in your life where you have had so much success, so many race wins, emotions and injuries. But, hey, it’s done and hopefully now that I’m half way through the career I will step it up to the big boys and get some championships going there.”

 

Results MX2 Glen Helen 2016
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda (2-2)
3. Mitchel Harrison (USA), Yamaha (5-5)
4. Max Anstie (GBR), Husqvarna (8-4)
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki (11-3)

Final Standings MX2 2016 after 18 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 739 points
2. Seewer, 625
3. Benoit Paturel, 512
4. Anstie, 504
5. Jonass, 403

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Jeffrey Herlings on Saturday night sealed the 2016 MX2 World Championship after a decisive win in the opening moto at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, USA. It was the Dutch rider’s third world title and very well deserved after recovering from a series major injuries in the immediate past seasons.

Jeffrey Herlings went on to take third in race two behind US national champion Cooper Webb, which gave the overall win to Webb. American Austin Forkner was overall third. Fastest other KTM rider was Dutch rider Calvin Vlaanderen who finished fifth with a 5-8 result.

On his way to the title, Herlings won the first twelve rounds on his KTM 250 SX-F, dropping only three possible points with a second place in the opening moto in Italy. He then sat out three rounds (Czech Republic, Lommel in Belgium and Switzerland) to heal a broken collarbone. He bounced back at the next round at home in Assen for another GP win, and on the start of race one at Charlotte he knew he only had to finish in front of closest rival Jeremy Seewer to take the title.

Herlings: “I am super, super happy, especially after everything we’ve been going through with a broken femur, a dislocated hip, two broken collarbones and almost losing my little finger. It’s number three and hopefully many more to come.” Asked to comment about racing against leading Americans, he added: “The two strongest guys from America Webb and Forkner were here. Webb is the national champion and I beat him straight up in the first race and then he beat me in the second. I think the competition is stronger in the US, but we won the championship and that’s what it’s all about.” Speaking about the final round next weekend: “I like the track at Glenn Helen and it should be better than this track. Like always, we will do our best to make it happen.”

 

Overall GP MX2 in the USA:
1 Cooper Webb 47 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 45 Pnt
3 Austin Forkner 42 Pnt
4 Thomas Covington 36 Pnt
5 Calvin Vlaanderen 29 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 689 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 595 Pnt
3 Benoit Paturel 485 Pnt
4 Max Anstie 473 Pnt
5 Pauls Jonass 403 Pnt

Red Bull KTM factory rider Jeffrey Herlings made his mark in the MXGP of Netherlands at the Assen Racing Circuit. Jeffrey managed to win the Grand Prix with a 2-1 in the motos and has increased his points gap in the championship to 76 points.

Jeffrey had the job ahead of him at the start of MX2. He had a DNF with a technical issue in Saturday’s qualifying and had to start from the outside gate. To complicate matters, there was a massive downpour at the Dutch circuit just before the opening moto, churning up the deep sand track and adding another level of difficulty for the riders.

Riders crashed all over the track in front of Herlings who had to find his way around the melee but Jorge Prado, fastest qualifier on the KTM 250 SX-F and the youngest member of the Red Bull KTM factory lineup was raising eyebrows out front. After 17 minutes, Herlings worked his way into third, while Prado had drifted back to a mid pack position. The race eventually went to Thomas Covington but Herlings claimed second to be in good shape for the second moto.

Meanwhile Prado had regrouped for the second race. He grabbed the holeshot and hung doggedly onto the race lead through the opening laps. Herlings eventually made the pass stick after lap six and began to pull away. To the excitement of the Dutch crowd he went on to win the race by 34 seconds, but Prado was second, enough to put him on the podium in third behind Dutch KTM rider Brian Bogers.

Herlings: “I think the weekend turned out very positive. We had some bad luck yesterday with the mechanical failure and I had a very bad gate pick regarding the weather circumstances. So I’m very happy to walk away with the win and to gain so many points on Seewer. So we are looking very good for the championship next weekend. I don’t want to think about but now it’s so close we just have to make it happen.” Speaking about the coming races in the USA, he commented: “It gives me more motivation to race against the Americans but we just have to concentrate on the championship and not on going head to head with those guys.”

 

Herlings picked up his 60th career GP win and further secured his position in the title fight. He added another 47 points to his total, while his closest rival, Jeremy Seewer, finished with a 15-13 for 14 points. Herlings has a 76-point lead going into the next rounds.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings has extended his contract to ride with the factory team through 2020.

The contract was agreed and signed with KTM Motorsports Director Pit Beirer yesterday after Herlings spent the day at the company’s new Motorsports Building at Munderfing, Austria.

Jeffrey Herlings, who will be 22 in September, already had a fixed contract with KTM until the end of 2017, but this has now been updated to be a long-term agreement with the Dutch rider. The two-time MX2 world champion will move up to the MXGP class as of 2017.

 

Beirer: “We are very pleased to sign Jeffrey through to 2020. He came to us at a very young age and we have seen him develop into a highly skilled rider on all terrains. He is an outstanding competitor, and to have 59 GP wins at such a young age is exceptional. Jeffrey is an integral part of our KTM family and we view our relationship with him as one for a lifetime.”

 

Herlings: “I’m really happy to be with the KTM family. I’ve already been there since 2009 and I’m very happy to extend my contract. Hopefully we will have a lot of championship titles and a lot of wins together. I will try to win as much as possible and I am thankful to have this chance. It’s an opportunity and we’ll try to make the best of it. This will be my last year in MX2 and I’ll try to win the title.”

 

Recognized as a very talented rider at a young age, Herlings first came to ride for KTM as a Factory Junior in 2009 after winning the World and European 85cc titles the previous year. He finished overall second in his first full season of MX2 in 2011 and went on to win the class world championship title the following two years.

In 2014 he finished a close second to his factory teammate Jordi Tixier after missing a big slice of the season through injury. He also had injury problems in 2015 but bounced back strong in 2016 to win the first twelve rounds of the current MX2 World Championship. He conceded only one moto in the first 12 rounds, when he finished second. Although he has sat out the last two rounds to heal a fractured collarbone, Herlings still has an 87-point lead in the title hunt.

The Elsendorp resident is still recovering from his collar bone injury and does not want to risk the rest of his season by resuming racing activities too soon.

 

“I could have ridden, but my collarbone is still tender. Another blow to it could worsen the injury and put me out for the rest of the season. I do not want to take that risk.”

 

Herlings has already missed the GP of the Czech Republic, but he enjoys such a massive points lead in the world championship standings that he has the luxury of being able to make this rational decision.

“It is a painful decision. Lommel is one of my favourite tracks and almost a home GP for me. But this is the wisest decision at the moment. I will have another examination and then decide whether to start again at the Swiss GP next weekend or at Assen on 28 August.”