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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing star Jeffrey Herlings will miss the remaining seven rounds of 2020 MXGP after choosing to focus on a full recovery from his injuries and face the off-season period closer to 100% fitness.

The 25-year old has healed from the neck and upper back problems suffered as a result of his crash during Free Practice for the Grand Prix Citta di Faenza at the Monte Coralli in Italy circuit last month. The Dutchman is lacking bike time and conditioning to be able to return to competitive MXGP duty, especially with the calendar hurrying to a conclusion by November 8th.

A contributing factor to the accident was the lack of flexibility and comfort in Herlings’ right foot. Therefore, the winner of four rounds this year (still more than any other rider) has decided to undergo a small procedure to remove excess bone growth and fix scar tissue on Thursday 15th of October.

If the operation and post-op period goes accordingly then Herlings will have much better use of his right limb and can immediately concentrate on preparation with his KTM 450 SX-F for the 2021 campaign.

MX2 teammate Rene Hofer is also making decent steps from his broken left shoulder and hopes to be back on the KTM 250 SX-F in the next two months.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing still have Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado in contention for the 2020 MXGP title and Tom Vialle has held the red plate for 10 of the 11 rounds in MX2 so far.

Jeffrey Herlings: “It won’t be a big operation but the foot is a complicated part of the body and there is some extra bone growing where I broke it. It needs to be partly removed. I also have tissue that is painful and irritating. I should know after a couple of weeks if I will be pain-free or we need to look at another option to be good again. I want to have this done so I won’t be putting 2021 at risk. 2020 was going pretty well and it’s disappointing to miss out again because of injury but we’ve been through this process and at least now I can work on getting myself into even better shape for another go next season. Thanks to Red Bull KTM for all their support and to the fans for the messages.”

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 team had a good outing during the international motocross event at Axel. Herlings participated in the event to gain race rhythm ahead of the next GP in Kegums, Latvia, next weekend. 

After having had a good qualifying session, Herlings claimed the holeshot in race one and set a blistering pace.  He opened up a comfortable lead, controlling the race from the front. He eventually crossed the line in first place. 

The second race held some setbacks in store. A rider crashed right in front of Herlings in the first turn, and held him back long enough to drop him well down the field. After passing rider after rider, he finally got within sight of the top five, and finished fifth. 

With his 1-5 results in the heat respectively, Herlings was second overall for the day.  He will now head to Kegums in Latvia for the GP. 

“I’m satisfied with my riding. I haven’t participated in a race for five months now, and it was good to get a tough race under the belt before the world championship season resumes,”  he said.  “The first race went perfectly. In  the second, I had to come back from far back, but still made it to fifth. My feeling on the bike is good, and I have confidence going to Latvia,”  he said.

Overall international race Axel:
1 Romain Febvre 2-1
2 Jeffrey Herlings 1-5
3 Glenn Coldenhoff 4-4

 

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Jeffrey Herlings gave an interesting interview in the MXGP studioshow of Paul Malin and Lisa Leyland. Watch it below.

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team won the first round of the 2020 MXGP world championship series in Matterley Basin, Great Britain. With first and second in the heats respectively, he took overall honours and is the championship points leader.

The track at Matterley Basin suffered severe winds and storms on Friday and Saturday, and the organizers curtailed the normal qualifying program, with a single qualifying session determining the gate picks for Sunday’s races. It was difficult to post a good lap in the short time available, and Jeffrey did the best to claim the fourth gate.

A good start in the first race got him in with the leading group. He immediately pushed through to the lead. With controlled riding, he managed to increase his lead throughout the race, and he crossed the line with a comfortable margin on the second-placed rider.

Herlings again slotted into the top five off the gate in race two. The track had by now become treacherous, and the low-setting sun made visibility difficult. This caused him some trouble in getting passed Antonio Cairoli for second position, and by then leader Tim Gajser had already made a gap. Realizing that second position in the race was sufficient for the overall win, Jeffrey kept it safe and secured the victory.

“I didn’t have unrealistic expectations coming here. The first heat went perfectly, but the track was very tricky in the second. The low sun made visibility very difficult, and I was happy with overall victory under the circumstances. Now it’s off to my home GP at Valkenswaard and I’m looking forward to that,” Herlings commented.

Overall Grand Prix of Great Britain:
1 Jeffrey Herlings. 47 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 38 Pnt
3 Antonio Cairoli 38 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 35 Pnt
5 Mitch Evans 34 Pnt

 

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Four-times FIM Motocross World Champion Jeffrey Herlings has signed a new contract with his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team and will remain ‘in orange’ for a further three years until the end of the 2023 MXGP season.

The twenty-five-year-old Dutchman inked his deal on the eve of the British Grand Prix this weekend and the opening round of twenty in the 2020 MXGP series; his fourth in the premier class and eleventh in the FIM World Championship all with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

The association began in 2009 when Herlings was signed to make his MX2 GP debut for the 2010 season as a fifteen-year old. He claimed his first top-three race finish in just his second moto at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo, celebrated his first podium at Mantova in Italy for round two and then started an incredible seven-year unbeaten streak of wins a few weeks later at his home event at Valkenswaard; scene of his very first 1-1 clean sweep.

Since that initial term in 2010 Herlings has gone on to accumulate 86 Grand Prix victories in two classes and ace titles in 2012, 2013, 2016 (all MX2) and then 2018 (MXGP) with KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F machinery. In that time there have been some astonishing performances – such as the first moto chequered flag in Latvia last summer, taken with a broken foot – and also some tough moments when he conceded likely titles in 2014 and 2015 due to injury. His peerless 2018 MXGP campaign saw #84 own 17 from 19 Grands Prix and classify as runner-up in the other two outings.

Herlings is already the most successful Dutch rider in the history of the sport and is third on the list for all-time Grand Prix triumphs. In 2019 he added the Motocross of Nations Chamberlain trophy to his heaving collection of silverware.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I’m very, very happy. I have been with KTM since 2009 so by the end of this next contract it will be fifteen years together. I’m excited to stay in the orange family and I have been working with Pit [Beirer] and the entire crew since the beginning and I was fourteen. I’m blessed to be able to do it for another three years; four including this one about to start. It is also good to have this done before the weekend and GP1 of 2020. KTM is where my heart is, and they are my family. I’m thankful that they trust in me, and I believe in them, the bike and all the people I work with. I’ll be racing with them until I’m 28 and I’m super-happy, hopefully there many more happy days ahead.”

 

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “This contract definitely means a lot to me personally because it was back in 2009 that we gave this young kid and his family our word that we’d take good care of him and he had a great future in front of him: we wanted to be a partner in that. We went through so many ups and downs with Jeffrey and he has collected all of his wins and titles with us – just one brand. It was actually quite emotional to know he could spend his career with just one company. I’m really happy that we could agree everything so early for another three years and I wish him a healthy and strong season and hopefully an even longer association with us when he’s stopped racing.”

 

Robert Jonas, Vice President KTM Motorsports Offroad: “Jeffrey’s story with KTM is really special and I think it shows the strong bond we have with him that he wanted to commit to another three years with us. We all know his speed and his ability, and that determination to get the best of himself on the circuit can be almost unmatchable. He is a spectacular athlete to watch and to work with and we’re looking forward to a lot more races together.”

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team continued along his winning ways by clinching  the international event at Lacapelle Marival in France. After winning the International at Hawkstone Park last weekend, Herlings won both MX1 heats as well as the Superfinal. 

After a wet and muddy Hawkstone Park experience, Herlings was keen to test his mettle in dry conditions. He had won at this event in 2018, and was keen to repeat the feat this time round. He started off well by setting the pole time, and matters never dipped from there. With good starts consistently good lap times and good race management, he rode to comfortable victories in both the MX1 heats, and as an extra sweetener, he also claimed the honours in the Superfinal race. 

This was Herlings’last race before the start of the MXGP world championship season, which will kick off at Matterley Basin in England on 1 March 2020.

Overall international race at Lacapelle Marival:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 50 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 38 Pnt
3 Romain Febvre 37 Pnt
4 Clement Desalle 35 Pnt
5 Pauls Jonass 34 Pnt

 

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM team raked in his first victory of the 2020 season. In truly inclement weather conditions at Hawkstone Park in England, Herlings won the MX1 class, and picked up a lot of rhythm which he can carry forward into the season.

A heavy storm broke over Hawkstone Park on the morning of race day. Howling winds and torrents of rain made for a sloppy and muddy track. Herlings soldiered on, and secured pole position with a comfortable margin. A crash at the start of the opening race left him far behind, and he had to force his way forward from the rear of the pack. Without taking undue risks, he passed rider ahead of him, and he finished third, right in the wheel of the second placed rider.

Herlings made his day better by claiming a holeshot in the second race. He controlled the race from there, and his comfortable victory also gave him overall honours for the day. It was his fourth overall victory at this event.

Jeffrey will continue his preparation for the 2020 world championship season with another international outing, this time at Lacapelle Marival in France.

Overall MX1:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 45 Pnt
2 Shaun Simpson 45 Pnt
3 Glenn Coldenhoff 44 Pnt

 

Jefferey Herlings underwent a successful operation this morning, to remove metal plated from his body. Herlings will not be able to do any motor training for six weeks, but he will be completely encumbrance – and pain free, and will have the full range of motion in his ankle and foot again.

Herlings suffered constant discomfort and pain in his foot during this season.

Herlings will after his recovery commence training for the 2020 season, where the goal is to recapture his world title.

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team dominated the international beach race at Loon Plage in France. The man from Oploo won all three heats in majestic fashion and had no serious opposition on the day.

Herlings entered for the race in preparation of the Motocross of Nations in Assen next weekend. His recovery to full form is going according to schedule, and with each outing he is getting closer to his top form.

Herlings was determined to put his best foot forward at Loon Plage, and showed early indications of his intent by posting a qualifying time four seconds per lap quicker than his nearest rival. With Herlings being in this type of devastating form, there was precious little doubt that, barring a major mishap, the day would belong to him, and so it was.

He won all three heats by large margins and was the runaway overall winner of the event. Herlings will conclude his intensive sand training regime this week and then travel the short distance to Assen to fly the Dutch colours at the Motocross of Nations.

Overall international beachrace Loon Plage:
1. Jeffrey Herlings 1-1-1
2. Camille Chapelière 5-4-2
3. Todd Kellett 4-5-3
4. Jeffrey Dewulf 2-2-4