Jeffrey Herlings second in Swedish Grand Prix
Jeffrey Herlings, the power pack 15-year-old Dutchman enjoying his first season as a full factory rider with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team was on the podium in second place in the MX2 GP of Sweden in Uddevalla on Sunday after 2-4 finish in the two motos.
Herlings, who won his second career GP in Latvia last weekend registered his intentions clearly in the first MX2 moto. He came out of the gates second only to factory teammate Shaun Simpson, who not only grabbed the holeshot but led the race for the opening laps before being nudged off by Steven Frossard. But it was Herlings that hung on to the front runners, first in second and then in third place before rival Ken Roczen was forced to pull over on his Suzuki in the closing stages to bump Jeffrey up to second behind Frossard. He tried hard to stay with the lead group in the second moto but only finished fourth.
Jeffrey Herlings: “I’ve had my ups and downs this season, but now I seem to be getting back on track with the win last weekend and second today so I’m feeling good on the bike and I hope it keeps going like this. The track here is like half way between the tracks in Holland and those in France. It’s a bit sandy on top but hard underneath. But I can say I like it.”
After ten rounds Jeffrey sits in fourth position in the World Championship standings. The next round will be held at Lommel in Belgium on August 1.