Red Bull Factory KTM Jeffrey Herlings, who had been leading the opening MXGP race in Germany, unfortunately lost his position with only four laps remaining. Despite the pain he endured, Herlings showed great determination and managed to secure the twentieth spot, earning a single championship point. Initially, there were concerns about a possible shoulder injury, but KTM recently clarified that Herlings was actually experiencing neck pain, which ultimately
KTM posted the following update concerning the five time World championship.
“Jeffrey Herlings crashes while leading near the end of the first MXGP moto and is forced out of the second race in Germany. Herlings went 1-1 at Talkessel in 2018 and then finished 2nd overall in his last appearance at the track in 2021. He took a conservative 4th place in the RAM Qualification Heat on Saturday and then indulged in an entertaining battle with Jorge Prado and Jeremy Seewer in the first moto. Four laps before the end the Dutchman, while leading from Prado, crashed after becoming cross-rutted and landed heavily. He was able to remount and cruised the rest of the distance to salvage one point for 20th but could not take to the gate for the second race due to neck pain and left the circuit for more detailed medical checks. After the conclusion of the Grand Prix, Jeffrey is 2nd in the standings and 67 points behind Prado”.
Oh man Herlings just had a big one from the lead in Germany with Prado on him. Such a weird spot to crash so hard pic.twitter.com/LhnHjsCT7z— Kellen Brauer (@kellenbrauer) June 11, 2023