Jeffrey Herlings got landed on in Oss on lap one by Ivo Monticelli but still won the race!
The incredibly tough Dutchman said he was in agony during the moto and couldn’t lift his arm up but he still fought his way by Gajser, Febvre and Coldenhoff in the final 15 minutes of a cracking race to take a sensational victory in front of the home crowd.
Now diagnosed with a fractured shoulder blade – A devastated Herlings said: “I’ve got no words for this. I played it so smart this year, I took 0 risk and did everything according to plan this season. I was almost in the championship lead and then this…… As you can see on the uphill the starting device didn’t pop out yet, so I lost a bit balance because of it, but what the hell was he thinking??
“I can’t believe I still won the moto with a broken shoulder blade. The pain was unreal, I had tears in my eyes the whole moto from the pain. I’m so sorry for my great team, @ktmfactoryracing I am so gutted. The bike was once again like a rocket. Tomorrow we’ll check further how bad the damage is and when we will be able to return to racing. Thanks to my sponsors for keep believing in me. Had to dig deep for this one.”
See how his shoulder looks below:
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