10 Out of 10: Young Phenom Jeffrey Herlings Tallies 10 Motocross Grand Prix Victories, Takes Sweden
To say that the Red Bull KTM Team recognized Jeffrey Herlings’ potential from the time he barely hit puberty, wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration.
He’s been on the program since the moment he was old enough to qualify for the Motocross World Championship.
So it was only fitting that just as the Dutch teen motocross phenom claimed his 10th Motocross Grand Prix victory (out of 10) in Sweden, KTM announced a two-year extension of his contract with the team.
“He may still be very young but he has already shown everyone involved in our sport that his talent is indisputable,” said Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports.
Talent is almost an understatement in this case.
Smashing through each Grand Prix with reckless abandon – and lapping a great deal of riders in the process – he hasn’t let up in defense of his MX 2 crown from last season.
It hasn’t come as easy this go around, however.
Reflective of some of the races this year, Jeffrey fell in the first turn of the first race at Uddevalla. But in true championship form, he recovered to third to claim crucial points for the overall afternoon.
Moto 2 was business as usual.
The speed demon snatched the lead on Lap 3 and smoked the field by 13 seconds to take the Moto and the Grand Prix.
With that, 10 amazing victories and 18 race wins (out of 20) are on the books on the season. Now that’s impressive.
Final MX2 classification for GP of Sweden:
1. Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM – 45
2. Christophe Charlier, FRA, Yamaha – 45
3. Jordi Tixier, FRA, KTM – 40
4. Jake Nicholls, GBR, KTM – 38
5. Alessandro Lupino, ITA, Kawasaki – 33
MX2 World Championship standings after Round 10:
1. Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM – 492 points
2. Jordi Tixier, FRA, KTM – 363
3. Jose Butron, SPA, KTM – 311
4. Christophe Charlier, FRA, Yamaha – 306
5. Glenn Coldenhoff, NED, KTM – 282