Young Dutch sensation Jeffrey Herlings first rode in the MX2 World Championship in 2010, and had a chance of claiming a maiden title until injuring his shoulder. The following year, he was just pipped to the top spot by teammate Ken Roczen, but there was no stopping him in 2012, as he won his first title with two races to spare at the age of just 17.
He defended the championship in 2013 in dominant fashion, claiming the title after his 14th GP win of the season in the Czech Republic. It was much the same story in 2014 – discounting the Brazilian leg which he missed due to injury, he has won every moto of the year bar two, and with four rounds to go, has a huge lead over his closest challenger, teammate Jordi Tixier.
Born in the village of Geldrop in 1994, Jeffrey’s first major win was the 2002 Dutch Amateur 65cc Championship. He soon began his unstoppable rise through the classes, picking up a number of world and European titles in the process, and in 2009, competing in MX2 for the first time, he finished second at the European Championship.
43 GP wins for a rider so young is a remarkable achievement, and has already marked sand specialist Jeffrey out as one of the greats of the sport. He will continue to be a part of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s MX2 team in 2015, but there is little doubt that he will perform well in MXGP whenever he decides to make the leap up.