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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 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 made a positive return to racing during the Swedish GP at Uddevalla. Herlings won the qualifying heat, and finished fourth in the second heat on Sunday. 

“I had a problem in the first race, and ironically it was that I grabbed the holeshot,” Herlings explained. “On Satuday, I could keep the pace for 20 minutes, but during the longer races on Sunday I developed armpump. For the first race we set the suspension a bit softer than normal because I could not maintain my normal speed. I led for 20 minutes, but could not keep hold of the bike properly afterwards. I also had a small crash and the bike was struck by another rider and sustained damage.  I had to retire from the race, which was a pity, because I could have finished fifth or sixth. “

“I didn’t get the holeshot in race two, which on the day was better for me I’m not comfortable riding at the front yet. I started eighth and worked my way up to fourth. Together with the qualifying win on Saturday I am pretty happy after only two weeks’ training. I want to be at my peak for the race at Assen” (Motocross of Nations), he said. 

Jeffrey will be in action at an ADAC MX Masters event at Bielstein next weekend.

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