Herlings’ Fractured Femur Repaired
KTM Racing tells us that Red Bull KTM factory rider and MX2 champion Jeffrey Herlings broke his femur in a crash at the Everts and Friends Charity Race in Genk, Belgium on Monday, July 21. Herlings was participating in an race on 85cc bikes at the annual charity event hosted by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 team manager Stefan Everts, a 10-time world champion.
Herlings sustained a clean fracture of the femur in the mishap, and was operated on at Zol Hospital in Genk on Monday evening. Doctors inserted a pin to secure the fracture in his left leg and the medical staff have advised that the operation was completely successful. Doctors expect Herlings to be in hospital for about three days.
Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport said, “Jeffery is young and very fit and while we are all sorry that he has had this bad luck, we’re confident that he will come back and be as strong as he has already shown us he can be. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back on the bike when he is fit and well.”
Herlings, has been nearly unbeatable in the 2014 season was almost certain to clinch his third MX2 World title at Czech Republic round this weekend. He needed to pick up just five more points than his Red Bull KTM teammate Jordi Tixier in the Czech Republic to secure the title.
The final MX2 round is on September 14 in Mexico, giving Herlings less than two months to recover and have a shot at retaining his MX2 World Championship