Jeffrey Herlings was able to make it a fairytale weekend by winning his first MXGP title at his home track in the Netherlands.
Herlings won his 16th grand prix for the year and had the title in the bag after moto 1 (a moto he would win by nearly 40 seconds!), which brought about some well deserved celebrations. Herlings would go 1/1 for the day but he didn’t have it easy on moto 2 after a rare mistake left him sunbaking in the sand. It’s pretty amazing to think this guy broke his collarbone at the start of the season and kept racing – that’s the stuff of legend.
Jeffrey Herlings: “I don’t really know what to say, it has been an amazing day! It has been a blessing to be in my shoes today. Everyone says to enjoy the day but it is so hard, I remember waking up this morning and now we are here, everything has happened so fast. To do this in front of the home crowd at Assen’s TT circuit it is amazing, it is really a special day.”
Antonio Cairoli: “For me it is an honor to be second behind Jeffrey because he is definitely the fastest rider in the world at the moment and I’m not taking second to just anyone. I know I can be more competitive but it is a nice challenge and congratulations to him and thanks to Red Bull KTM for helping us to 1st and 2nd this season.”
Aussie Todd Waters had a tough day on the brutal track. Still acclimatising to his new Assomotor Honda, Waters went 24/24 and hot the deck a few times, but he wasn’t the only Aussie struggling in the deep sand. Hunter Lawrence got great starts but mistakes kept him to an 8th overall with Prado taking his 11th win of the 2018 season in the MX2 class.
pics by Ray Archer via KTM images