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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

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