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Jeffrey Herlings of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing has won the final round of the world championship MXGP in China. The eighteenth and final Grand Prix of 2019 took place in the district south of the city and across a soft and sandy circuit for what was a milestone fixture for the FIM series. 2018 MXGP World Champion Herlings harried Standing Construct KTM’s Glenn Coldenhoff in the first race as the two 450 SX-F riders finished within a second of each other at the flag: Coldenhoff celebrating his fourth moto win from the last four rounds. In the second race Coldenhoff again set the pace but once Herlings had moved into second place he set about chasing his countryman hard in the final five minutes. The Red Bull KTM man had to push to close a three second gap but relegated Coldenhoff with less than two laps remaining to secure his second overall win in a row thanks to his 2-1 scorecard.

After dominating 2018 both Cairoli and Herlings were the victim of injuries this season but still managed to collate 8 podium results between them despite only 12 appearances.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I wanted to finish the year strongly: I owed Red Bull, KTM and all my partners that after the injury. I gave everything I had and I’m very grateful to have won the last two GPs. I’ll race in the sand next week for the final preparation for Assen. Hopefully with Team Holland we can go for the win. Then, next year in MXGP, I want to fight hard to get the title back. I really enjoyed the track here – it was tough to pass in places – but we won the GP and that’s the most important thing.”

Jeffrey Herlings will represent the Netherlands at the annual Motocross of Nations at the TT Circuit Assen in two weeks time.

Overall Grand Prix China:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 47 Pnt
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 47 Pnt
3 Jeremy Seewer 38 Pnt
4 Tim Gajser 38 Pnt
5 Jeremy van Horebeek 30 Pnt

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team won both heats of the MXGP round of Turkey.  This served to continue Herlings’amazing run of having won a GP every single year since he’s entered the world championship ranks.

“We’re back at the top again,” Herlings commented. “Since 2010 I’ve won a GP every single year. That means ten seasons with KTM and 85 GP victories. It’s been a road of ups and downs, but we’ve come through again and I would like to thank Red Bull KTM and all my sponsors. I was determined to score a double heat victory here, and I found the perfect spot to pass Coldenhoff in the second race. We aim for a podium finish again at the final GP of the season in China.”

After the final GP of the 2019 season in China next weekend, Jeffrey will participate in a  beach race in Loon Plage in France, and then line up for the Dutch team at the Motocross of Nations on home soil in Assen.

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team continues to work himself into full race fitness. After his positive return to the world championship series in Sweden last weekend, he participated in his second preparatory race with a view on the Motocross of Nations.

Herlings lined up for an ADAC MX Masters event in Bielstein, Germany. Herlings immediately found a good rhythm on the hardpack track on Saturday.  With a sharp lap, he managed to secure pole posiiton.

Some overnight rain made the track very slippery. After a good start in race one, Jeffrey held the initial lead. He maintained this position for a few laps, until he eventually fell to the attacks of the second placed rider. He remained in close vicinity, but never got the opportunity to challenge for the lead again, and finished second, in the wheel tracks of the winner.

Jeffrey again joined the leading group at the start of race two. After a few laps, he secured second position and rode a tactical race. He is mindful that consistent races are at this stage most important as he builds up his race fitness again. With a another second place finish, he was second overall for the day as well. 

The penultimate round of the MXGP world championships are on the calendar next weekend. The world championship circus travels to Turkey for this race, and then it is the Chinese GP the week after that.

Overall ADAC Bielstein:
1 Pauls Jonass 50 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 44 Pnt
3 Dennis Ullrich 35 Pnt
4 Pascal Rauchenecker 35 Pnt
5 Lukas Neurather 29 Pnt

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.

2018 MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings has decided to contest this weekend’s Grand Prix of Sweden at Uddevalla after making a good recovery from a fractured right ankle.

The Dutchman has made sufficient progress to be able to steer his KTM 450 SX-F at pace and return to the premier class for the second time in an injury-hit season. The 24 year old will use the sixteenth round of eighteen to gauge the level of his fitness and readiness and to accumulate valuable race mileage.

Jeffrey Herlings: “Here we go again! I’ve been riding for a couple of weeks now and feel ready to try Uddevalla. As I’ve said, 2019 is only really about the Motocross of Nations for me at Assen next month and by trying the motos in Sweden we are making another step towards that goal. There is no target for this weekend other than to finish the races and find some good feeling on the bike.”

Dirk Gruebel, Team Technical Co-Ordinator & MX2 Team Manager: “It’s good to have Jeffrey riding and racing again but we have no expectations for this weekend. He is still on the way back and has chosen to use Sweden as a good opportunity to make some starts and build his speed against top level opposition. As a team we’ll be ready to give him whatever he needs to be able to race but we know this is just another step towards a full recovery and hopefully a chance to go into post-season testing with a good condition.”

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