Speed Demon: Young Motocross Star Jeffrey Herlings Opens World Championship Season In Dominating Form
Jeffrey Herlings picked up right where he left off…in epic form.
The Dutch teen and defending MX2 Class World Champion, who dazzled International motocross fans last season by lapping every single rider at the series’ Lierop stop, got right back at it with an emphatic MX2 win in Quatar to open up his 2013 campaign.
The freakishly fast rider, considered the best on the planet in the sand, grabbed victory by a stunning 25 seconds.
Coming out of the gates with a fourth place position through the Holeshot, the young gun charged his way into third in Lap 1 – eventually snatching the lead in the third lap.
It was smooth sailing from there, with no rider seriously challenging him through to the finish in front of Australian Dean Ferris.
But despite the more-than-solid opening salvo in the Middle East, Oakley’s star rider didn’t let up, smoking the MX2 field by a massive 40 seconds on the series’ second stop in Thailand this past weekend.
With an overall fourth place result in the Super Final, Jeff had 17 MX1 riders eating his track dust – demonstrating again just what makes the Dutchman stand out so much: Immense tenacity and skill.
The unique format (where the top riders in MX1 and MX2 race together in the Super Final), adopted only for the Championship stops outside of Europe, is a clear display of his competitiveness both in and outside of his bike’s class. And there’s no doubt that he can take on anything and anyone that may be thrown in his path.
“I had two good starts and I showed after the first race that I am the man to beat this year in MX2,” Jeff said following his Thailand victory. “I almost got a podium in the Super Final and I hope that’s going to happen this year. I’ll be working towards that.”
Keep your eye on our speed demon as he charges his way further into the history books.