Dutch teenager Jeffrey Herlings was on Stefan Everts’ (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager) radar screen long before he got his first ride with the team at the close of the 2009 season when he was slipped under the MX2 World Championship age limit.
Herlings 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.
The on-track battles between Herlings and teammate Ken Roczen turned out to be a highlight of the 2011 season and Herlings, 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.
Herlings went on to have a golden season in 2013 winning 15 of the 17 MX2 GPs and was not able to ride in the other two. He won every race he entered except the second moto in Brazil, where he finished second. Having set the bar very high in the previous season, Herlings goes into 2014 with nothing to prove. Still only 19, he is expected to deliver another thrilling season in MX2.
- 2008 World Champion & European Champion 85cc class
- 2009 2nd MX2 European Championship
- 2010 6th MX2 World Championship
- 2011 Dutch National Champion
- 2011 2nd MX2 World Championship
- 2012 Opened the season with a double moto win at Valkenswaard, his third successive victory at this venue
- 2012 MX2 World Champion
- 2013 MX2 World Champion with three rounds still in hand