World MXGP champion Jeffrey Herlings has written on his social media how difficult it is to not race this weekend. Below is his message.

Hello everyone,
It’s difficult physically and especially mentally to not be lining up this weekend in Argentina for the opening round as reigning MXGP World Champion.

Unfortunately, as many of you will know I shattered my foot during a practice crash in Spain preparing for the season. I was feeling great during the winter preparation and I am convinced I was being faster and even better prepared then I was in 2018 when I won 17 out of the 19 rounds and the worsed overall finish was a 2nd.

But being fast is one thing, being at all races is another and for some reason, I haven’t succeeded that well in the 2nd part.

As outspoken many times, my biggest competition for the championship is Jeffrey Herlings himself. As well as 2014, 2015, 2017 I might have possibly ruined another championship by taking myself out early of a championship hunt due to a injury.

Jeffrey injured his foot in a training crash

Anyhow, most important for now is to heal up a full 100% and come back strong when the time is there. I feel like I let many people down and in times like this you find out who are really there for you and who are not.

Of course, there are thousands of friends at the moment when the sky is the limit, but when you get into the difficult part of your career as well as in life the real friends are hard to find, hard times teaches us valuable lessons and hard times will reveal true friends.

For now, I do not really know yet when I’ll get back to racing and what my plans are for the rest of the season. I’ve had many injuries in my racing career, but the last weeks I’ve made a few steps back from the sport and have given myself a little break to recharge the battery’s for the 2nd part of my career I would say.

I’m more motivated than ever and I would like to thank all my partners, sponsors, family and close friends who are there for me for there support. And we will be back on top before we know. And believe me, we are going to be back nr. 1. ”

You can see Jeffrey’s Instagram post below.

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Hello everyone, It’s difficult physically and especially mentally to not be lining up this weekend in Argentina for the opening round as reigning MXGP World Champion. Unfortunately as many of you will know I shattered my foot during a practice crash in Spain preparing for the season. I was feeling great during the winter preparation and I am convinced I was being faster and even better prepared then I was in 2018 when I won 17 out of the 19 rounds and the worsed overall finish was a 2nd. But being fast is one thing, being at all races is another and for some reason I haven’t succeeded that well in the 2nd part. As out spoken many times, my biggest competition for the championship is Jeffrey Herlings himself. Aswell as 2014, 2015, 2017 I might have possibly ruined another championship by taking my self out early of a championship hunt due to a injury. Anyhow, most important for now is to heal up a full 100% and come back strong when the time is there. I feel like I let many people down and in times like this you find out who are really there for you and who are not. Ofcourse there are thousands of friends at the moment when the sky is the limit, but when you get in to the difficult part of your careere aswell as in life the real friends are hard to find, hard times teaches us valuable lessons and hard times will reveal true friends. For now I do not really know yet when i’ll get back to racing and what my plans are for the rest of the season. I’ve had many injury’s in my racing careere but the last weeks I’ve stept a few steps back from the sport and have given myself a little break to recharge the battery’s for the 2nd part of my careere I would say. I’m more motivated then ever and I would like to thank all my partners, sponsors, family and close friends who are there for me for there support. And we will be back on top before we know. And believe me, we are going to be back nr. 1. 🥳 JH. #MAXIMAALVUUR 🔥💯 @ktmfactoryracing @redbull @oakleymotorsports @jumbo @giampishow @knmv_motorbond @dodgeram.nl @hennekenskay @debrug.eu #Josmaas

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