September, 06 2012
Jeffrey Herlings took a massive step towards the MX2 World Championship at Lierop last weekend with a performance that is the talk of the two-wheel world.
Not only is he now favorite to wrap up the world title this weekend at Faenza, but his outstanding showing in the sand has set up a mouth-watering prospect for the upcoming MX of Nations.
The flying Dutchman’s performance in Lierop was notable in its comprehensiveness. In both races he lapped the entire field with the exception of Jeremy van Horebeek, Max Anstie and Tommy Searle. In the second race he finished over two minutes ahead of anyone else.
Those results confirmed - if anyone needed any more confirmation – Herlings’ undoubted prowess in the sand. With some already comparing him to the legendary Stefan Everts, Herlings has now all but extinguished Tommy Searle’s hopes of taking the championship.
As the Lierop sand settled, Herlings was quick to thank the home support.
“I think there were about 15,000 people here today. I got a little extra push from the spectators today. It was so amazing that they were behind me. Hopefully, we can see a GP here again next year.”
Herlings’ Lierop showing now sets up a potentially explosive match-up in the Lommel sand which will play host to this year’s MX of Nations, with Herlings coming up against Antonio Cairoli and Ryan Dungey.
“I want to focus on Faenza and if everything goes to plan I’ll get the MX2 title,” Herlings said cautiously. “Then I’ll start riding the 350cc in the sand and hopefully I can beat those guys.
“It’s going to be Dungey or Tony who will be challenging me and they are in really good shape at the moment,” added the Dutchman. “It’s going to be tough, but perhaps in 30 days I’m going to tell you if I’m the fastest guy in the sand or not!”
Good shape or not, Dungey and Cairoli will have to go some to beat Herlings come 30th September!
To celebrate Herlings’ home appearance at Lierop, Alpinestars specially designed a one-off jersey incorporating the colors of the Dutch flag. What a homecoming!