Herlings on Lommel and the MXoN

A sore but happy Jeffrey Herling spoke to the media after Lommel to give his thoughts on an amazing but painful day – and if he will ride the MXoN in the middle of the MXGP season with a world title on the line!

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The two motos…Everything was going good so far. Practice we got a good position for the gate pick. First race, I think I was third at the start and then moved into second. Romain was having a really good race and at one point I just decided to stay behind. Running at a good pace and on good lines. I wanted to save energy, and also for my shoulder. As everyone knows, I broke my shoulder blade so it’s not really normal to ride a bike within 13-14 days after.

I did not know if I was going to fade with my shoulder because the track was rough and demanding on your body, especially on your shoulders as well. At one point, I felt I could run at a faster pace and I managed to pass Romain and make a gap. Obviously, Romain went down and then it was just a walking part from there. Second race turned out good. At the start I was around 4th or 5th I believe and then me and Glenn came together, he took my rear wheel and we both went down. We were both last, so it was a shame. Then I fought my way back to 5th place within 15 minutes I think but then I just faded. I did not want to make a big error and go down, i cant even lift my arm up right now.

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I think it’s been a good day to go 1-5 because one week ago I thought the championship was game over. Now, obviously, I know I need to hunt the boys down but 42 points is not too bad. There is still a lot of races to go, so there’s a lot of options”

The decision to ride…“Right now it doesn’t feel a good decision (pain)! I think I lost a championship 5 or 6 times due to injuries. I’m just like my trophy on the podium – I am made from glass! It’s pretty frustrating at times, but I think right now I am still in a good place. I don’t want to give up the championship so quick, so I think we’re still in a good place once again. We just have to keep fighting”.

One day format… I think this one day event it is way better it’s safer. With us we are in a dangeorus sport, , this one day format is really good it can make your career longer.

MXoN in the middle of the season… I mean for some countries, I don’t want to speak bad but for the country like Tim is in, it’s hard for that team to win and there is no GP points, I would be like…’why would I go?’ But for team Holland, France, you are capable of winning – then there is a point to go. I don’t know if there is many riders will go (because it’s mid-season). If I was leading (the MXGP championship) and had a bad team I don’t know if I would line up. Luckily I have a strong team and hopefully with Holland we can fight for the top spots – I’m going to do it!

Image: Ray Archer

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