The 2018 MXGP World Champ and the man widely regarded as the fastest man in the world at the moment, Red Bull / KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings, is back on the bike after suffering a broken ankle in Latvia—just his second MXGP race back after returning from a broken foot. While Jeffrey wants to get back to racing MXGP before the season is over, he is primarily in preparation to represent the host country at the 2019 Motocross of Nations at Assen in The Netherlands. From what Jeffrey has said in interviews, he is hoping to race the last two MXGP’s in Turkey and China and be 100% for the MXoN on September 29—two weeks after the MXGP of China.
Last year, Glenn Coldenhoff—the winner of the MXGP of Italy on Sunday—and Jeffrey put the Dutch on the podium at the 2018 MXoN in the U.S. with the team’s third rider, Calvin Vlaanderen, injured and not being able to finish a moto, so there’s no doubt they will come into Assen a big favorite with three healthy riders in front of their home fans. The Dutch have yet to win a Chamberlain Trophy, so while it is good to see Jeffrey back on the bike, I honestly don’t think there is an injury that could keep the #84 from lining up in Assen.
Check out some video of one of Jeffrey’s first rides back since recovery and getting back on the Red Bull / KTM recently.