The Red Bull KTM rider has agreed to a new two year deal despite not coming off contract until the end of next year.
By Hayden Gregory
The 21 year old is a two time MX2 World Champion and is in the box seat to secure a third title this year. Herlings has been part of the KTM team since 2009 and has been one of the most successful riders on the world stage. This opportunity has allowed Herlings to extend with the team and chase more titles together as he looks to step up into the MXGP class next year.
“I’m really happy to be with the KTM family.” Herlings enthused. “I’ve already been there since 2009 and I’m very happy to extend my contract. Hopefully we will have a lot of championship titles and a lot of wins together.
“I will try to win as much as possible and I am thankful to have this chance. It’s an opportunity and we’ll try to make the best of it. This will be my last year in MX2 and I’ll try to win the title.”
KTM’s Pit Beirer noted a desire to keep working with Herlings for years to come.
“We are very pleased to sign Jeffrey through to 2020.” Beirer added. “He came to us at a very young age and we have seen him develop into a highly skilled rider on all terrains. He is an outstanding competitor, and to have 59 GP wins at such a young age is exceptional.
“Jeffrey is an integral part of our KTM family and we view our relationship with him as one for a lifetime.”
Herlings has spent the past two rounds of the MX2 Championship on the sidelines with a fractured collarbone. He is expected to return in the next week or so and still holds an 87 point lead in the title hunt.