It has once again be asked, will World MXGP champion Jeffrey Herlings race in America in 2019? The Dutchman told NOS, a Dutch website that is might just happen if he is back in time from his badly broken foot.
Herlings: “It was really badly broken, so bad it was the question whether it was going to be all right. For me it is now the most important thing that restores it well, because I want to use my foot for longer. It was my own fault, I fell and I can not blame anyone, people said I might have to train a bit less hard, but I kept going, and sometimes that works well, because last year that resulted in 17 victories. 19 races. But now it is as if I have completely squeezed the orange and have thrown out another world title, which feels like failure, but I am not proud of it.”
Herlings: “Definitely an option to ride in America. It is difficult to accept that I only participate in day successes and it will be difficult to motivate me for races without a main goal. That is indeed an option, I am certainly open to it, but only if I am completely fit again, can prepare well and be able to ride for the title. Next week we have talks with the team in Austria, which is one of the scenarios that will be discussed, but it is only later that we cut the knot.”
Of course, everyone in Europe wants Herlings here, as watching him race is always a joy, but to race in America, at a time when the GP riders have a clear advantage, would be also something special. Can the fastest man on the planet give KTM a 450 title on both sides of the Atlantic?