The offseason has been somewhat brutal for Jeffrey Herlings. The three-time MX2 World Champion moved up to the 450 class with Red Bull KTM, but a pair of crashes in recent weeks have halted his progress just weeks before the start of the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship.
First was a stretched tendon in his wrist that kept him from lining up for the first two rounds of the 2017 Italian Motocross Championship. After some time off of the bike, Herlings was able to line up for the final round of the short series last weekend, but a wild crash shortly after passing Tim Gajser has resulted in a new injury.
Shortly after the crash, Herlings posted a social media photo of his hand in a soft cast. There were few details with the photo, but on Thursday KTM issued a statement that confirmed a broken metacarpus which required an already completed surgery and a short time spent in a cast.
Per doctors advice, Herlings will need to skip riding for the next few weeks but should be cleared to ride the 2017 MXGP of Qatar on February 25th.
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Jeffrey Herlings was injured in a crash in the final round of the Italian International Motocross Championship (Internazionali D'Italia Motocross) at Ottobiano last week. Tests revealed that he had a fractured fourth metacarpus, one of the five bones between the wrist and the fingers. He had successful surgery on Monday morning in Belgium and will wear a protective cast for one week. Doctors have told Herlings that he should be fit to ride, free of pain, at the opening round of the world championship. The Dutch rider, a three times world champion in MX2, joins the MXGP premier class this season.