Duplicate performances in the MX2 class of the FIM Motocross World Championship are nothing new for Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings. Last season, the Frenchman doubled in 11 of 17 rounds – yes, you read that correctly – en route to his second MX2 Championship.
The two-time MX2 Champion carried this momentum into 2015, doubling at the season opener in Qatar, and completing the feat once again Sunday in Thailand. Herlings was joined on the overall MX2 podium by teammate Pauls Jonass and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing’ Team’s Dylan Ferrandis.
Due to injury, Jeffrey “The Bullet” Herlings was unsure of his performances in 2015. But his performances say otherwise. He leaves Thailand now with a perfect 100 points after two of 18 rounds.
“This was a really tough weekend and I don’t have so much riding fitness yet because I have only been on the bike four weeks. The heat really got to me but we made our way through and won both motos,” Herlings says.
“I also won the qualification so I can go home happy. The track is what it is and riders have to adapt but for sure it was kind of Supercross style, and with this hear, they humidity and such a track it was really tough. Sometimes you have to fight through a wall and that’s what I did. Now I have three weeks to recover so I’m going to rest, recover and start training again on Wednesday.”
Due to his performance, the Dutch rider Herlings was immediately asked what his future plans are: “I am just taking each race as it comes, I know that anything can happen in a second. I used to make plans, like win the world championship then race in MXGP for fun, but I have learned not to look that far ahead.”
The other SX-F250 rider Jonass is also making many headlines. He stole some holeshots at the season opener, and had great starts in Thailand. He finished the weekend 4-2 to secure second overall – a career-best for the Latin rider.
Taking third overall with a 2-4 finish was Ferrandis. This was the Frenchman’s second podium of the season, and keeps him second in the point standings, 22 behind leader Herlings.
“My goal is to win,” Ferrandis says. “For the last five years I have never been 100 percent but now I feel good, better than I ever have. I believe that when I am riding the best I can, I can race with Jeffrey and that’s what I want to do.”
Ferrandis’ American teammate, Thomas Covington, took a pair of fifths for fourth overall. He was followed by Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube’s Valentin Guillod, who battled with a sickness in Thailand.
The series now breaks until convening in Patagonia Argentina on March 29.
2015 Thailand MX2 Results, Race 1 Top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:58.798; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.602; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:20.513; 4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:26.923; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), +0:30.333; 6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:46.653; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:52.247; 8. Mel Pocock (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:06.255; 9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +1:22.264; 10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), +1:31.510
2015 Thailand MX2 Results, Race 2 Top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 30:06.023; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:10.312; 3. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:16.508; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:37.006; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), +0:40.267; 6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:49.406; 7. Mel Pocock (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:51.874; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +1:00.529; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), +1:07.961; 10. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), +1:17.137
2015 Thailand MX2 Results, overall: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 40 p.; 4. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 32 p.; 5. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 30 p.; 6. Mel Pocock (GBR, KAW), 27 p.; 7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 25 p.; 8. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 20 p.; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 20 p.
2015 MX2 Championship Point Standings: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 100 points; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 78 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 70 p.; 4. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 62 p.; 5. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 58 p.; 6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 56 p.; 7. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 53 p.; 8. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 52 p.; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), 41 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 p
2015 MX2 Manufacturer Points: 1. KTM, 100 points; 2. Kawasaki, 78 p.; 3. Yamaha, 77 p.; 4. Honda, 61 p.; 5. Husqvarna, 56 p.; 6. Suzuki, 38 p