ANOTHER VICTORY FOR HERLINGS AT DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP
Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings again dominated the MX2 class in the fifth round of the Dutch Championship on Sunday at home in Emmen easily securing an impressive victory in both motos on his KTM 250 SX-F.
It was the Dutch teenager’s last track outing before the second round of the MX2 World Championship in Sevlievo Bulgaria next weekend and he again delivered two performances to illustrate that he is currently the best sand rider in international competition.
While Herlings said later that he was not quite happy with his starts, he still won the first moto by a clear minute from the second placed rider and the second moto by an even bigger margin. He has dominated his national championship so far and also won the opening World championship MX2 GP at Valkenswaard and head to Bulgaria for the season’s second GP in a confident mood. It will be the team’s first race of the season on a traditional hard pack surface.
“My riding was good today even though it was a hard day with cold temperatures and very cold wind,” Jeffrey said. “I was very fast this morning but my starts this afternoon were not that good. I was in the lead after the first lap in the first moto and in the second moto I took the lead again after the first lap even though I had a small crash.”
Jeffrey was the only member of the MX2 factory team that competed in Round 5 of the Dutch Championship. Teammates Jeremy van Horebeek and Jordi Tixier were at home in Belgium and France getting in some hard pack training ahead of Sevlievo. Jeffrey has also been training on hard pack and now returns to France for two more days on this surface before the team leaves for Bulgaria.
Hard day out for Jorge Prado at EMX 85
Meanwhile it was a very tough day at the EMX 85 Championship round at Faenza Italy for KTM’s youngest factory rider, Jorge Prado of Spain. Bad weather on Saturday and Sunday turned the Italian track into a mud bath and while the Prado, the World Champion in 65 cc tried to make the best of it, Sunday’s race was called off after just 12 minutes. He will now compete in one round of the Spanish National Championship and round two of the German ADAC Masters before returning to tackle round two of the EMX 85 championship in Brezize in Slovakia in May.