Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings crashed while competing aboard a KTM 85 SX over the weekend at the Evert and Friends charity event, and the event appears to pose major issues on the two time and defending MX2 World Champion’s third title hunt. From what we have gathered, Herlings was in pursuit of a young mini rider and crashed while coming over an obstacle on the course. The brunt of the impact was reportedly to his thigh and hip, and he was taken from the event in an ambulance. Early reports from Europe have stated that the crash has dealt Herlings a broken femur and injured hip, and that he has undergone surgery to stabilize the area. However, there has been no official word from the European Red Bull KTM camp on the situation, but it’s worth noting that the are well aware, since the event occurred at a race organized by Team Manager Stefan Everts.
Should a broken femur be the case, the 2014 season is essentially finished for Herlings. This could not come at a more unfortunate time, since the Dutch rider is just points away from taking this third consecutive FIM MX2 World Championship. Scoring points at the upcoming Grand Prix of the Czech Republic this weekend were necessary for Herlings to clinch the championship, but there is virtually no chance of him making this or any of the four remaining rounds, as a broken femur requires a substantial healing period.
In addition to missing the final stops and championship of the MXGP World Championship, this injury puts an end to Herlings’ highly anticipated visit to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship that was set for Unadilla, as well as the Motocross of Nations this September in Latvia.
We will post more on Jeffrey Herlings as information becomes available…