JEFFREY HERLINGS IS OUT OF SUNDAY’S LOKET MXGP WITH BROKEN SHOULDER BLADE
Jeffrey Herlings had hoped to close up the gap on points leader Tim Gajser, but in a recurring story he now stands to lose lots of points because of his faulty holehot device. He will miss Loket this week and probably Lommel next week. Note the tire tracks on his left shoulder.
KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings is currently second in 450 Grand Prix points behind Tim Gajser, but he is also tied at 143 points with Tony Cairoli, Romain Febvre and Jorge Prado (and only 11 points ahead of Jorge Prado). Last weekend at Oss, Holland, Jeffrey Herlings was landed on over a jump by Ivo Monticelli. It wasn’t Monticello’s fault as Herlings holeshot device was still in the locked-down position and he failed to jump far enough to keep the necessary gap between himself and Monticelli. Monticelli’s front wheel hit Herlings on the top of his helmet and richocheted into his upper-left back. The result was a cracked shoulder blade for Jeffrey. To his credit, Herlings never fell and kept going, running on adrenaline he went on to win the first moto in Oss—broken shoulder blade an all. But, once back in the pits he realized that he could not race the second moto
With Herlings sitting out moto two, he lost 17 points to Tim Gajser at Oss and now he has announced that he will not be racing this Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Loket—which is the fifth round of the 2021 MXGP World Championship. Herlings said, “I don’t have pain in my shoulder for day-to-day life, but sports and especially something like motocross is a different story. We’ll sit out Locket with the aim to come back 100%. It’s a shame and something that wasn’t my fault, but it is what it is. I’ve got no words for this. I played it so smart this year, I took zero risks and did everything according to plan this season. I was almost in the championship lead and then this…… my starting device hadn’t pop out yet, so I lost a bit balance because of it, and next thing I knew somebody landed on my left shoulder. 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, KTM factory racing. I am so gutted.”