Press release: KTM Racing has confirmed that Red Bull KTM factory rider Jeffrey Herlings has sustained a fractured femur during a crash at the Everts and Friends Charity Race in Genk, Belgium on Monday. Jeffrey was competing in an 85 cc race at the annual charity event hosted by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 team manager and 10-time world champion Stefan Everts. Jeffrey sustained a clean fracture of the femur and was operated on by Dr. Driessen at the Zol Hospital in Genk on Monday evening. Dr. Driessen inserted a pin to secure the fracture in his left leg and the medical staff have advised that the operation was completely successful. They expect him to be in hospital for about three days.
Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport said Jeffrey’s job was now to rest and recuperate. “Jeffery is young and very fit and while we are all sorry that he has had this bad luck, we’re confident that he will come back and be as strong as he has already shown us he can be. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back on the bike when he is fit and well.”
WHAT’S IT MEAN?
With four races left in the 2014 FIM 250 World Championships, Herlings has a 149 point lead (with 200 points left) over Jordi Tixier and 178 points on third place rider Romain Febvre. Assuming the worst for Herlings (mathematically), Tixier could win the title if he finishes third or better in the next 8 motos (every time he wins moto or finishes second or third, he narrows the margin even more). Romain Febvre would have to win or finish in the top two the next eight times (and he would still come up two points short—which means that he needs at least one moto win to go with 7 second place finishes). With Herlings on the sidelines, someone else will get to win a 250 GP (Herlings has won every GP he entered, but missed Brazil because of a preseaon injury). Tixier could do it, but if Arnaud Tonus and Glenn Coldenhoff return from their injuries it could be tougher.
Herlings will not be at Unadilla.