KTM confirm neck pain for Herlings

After crashing out of the lead with four laps to go in the opening MXGP race in Germany, Jeffrey Herlings battled through the pain to end up twentieth taking one championship point. It looked like Herlings may have had a shoulder injury, but KTM have now confirmed that Herlings had neck pain and therefore couldn’t race the second moto.

KTM posted the following update concerning the five time World championship.

“Jeffrey Herlings crashes while leading near the end of the first MXGP moto and is forced out of the second race in Germany. Herlings went 1-1 at Talkessel in 2018 and then finished 2nd overall in his last appearance at the track in 2021. He took a conservative 4th place in the RAM Qualification Heat on Saturday and then indulged in an entertaining battle with Jorge Prado and Jeremy Seewer in the first moto. Four laps before the end the Dutchman, while leading from Prado, crashed after becoming cross-rutted and landed heavily. He was able to remount and cruised the rest of the distance to salvage one point for 20th but could not take to the gate for the second race due to neck pain and left the circuit for more detailed medical checks. After the conclusion of the Grand Prix, Jeffrey is 2nd in the standings and 67 points behind Prado”.

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