Dutch teenager Jeffrey Herlings was on Stefan Everts’ (Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing team boss) radar screen long before he got his first ride with the team at the close of the 2009 season when he just scraped in under the MX2 World Championship age limit. Jeffrey was then signed for the factory team in 2010 and enjoyed a spectacular first half of the season before he injured his shoulder in the Czech GP in Loket and had to sit out the remaining races.
He subsequently underwent shoulder surgery and some months of rehabilitation before surviving a spectacular crash in the opening round of the Dutch Championship to prove that he was fit and fast for 2011. The on-track battles between Jeffrey and teammate Ken Roczen turned out to be a highlight of the 2011 season and Jeffrey, the younger of the two teenagers, made it a two-way battle for the title right up to the second last round of the season. Roczen and Herlings were in a class of their own and finished the season 1-2 and with an impressive points lead over third placed Tommy Searle.
In 2011 it also became clear the Jeffrey was probably the best rider on sand competing at top international level and now that former teammate Roczen is riding for Red Bull KTM in the USA, he will be a real MX2 title contender in 2012. Team boss Stefan Everts believes he now has the maturity and the skill to be a world champion.
Q & A
What are risks?
Everything you do in life.
You feel pain...
Of course I do...But only real pain!!!
Travel can be...
Going everywhere besides my house.
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When did you start your sport?
In 1999 when I was 6 years of age.
Who inspires you?
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