Pit Beirer doesn’t rule out a Herlings MXGP return in 2022
There had been a lot of speculation regarding Jeffrey Herlings racing the 2022 AMA Nationals but after it was revealed that the MXGP world champion would need more operations on both left and right lower limbs, it sounded like Herlings season was over before it even started.
That might still prove to be the case but speaking to Speedweek.com, KTM Motorsport Director, Pit Beirer hasn’t closed the door on Herlings returning to racing this year at the last couple of rounds of the MXGP World Championship and if he did race them that would also open the door to be selected for the Netherlands team at the Motocross Des Nations at RedBud.
The one thing that is clear though is that no risks will be taken and Herlings will only race if he’s back on the bike in time after getting the all clear from the doctor and is feeling good to race.
“The season in Europe and America is given up for Jeffrey. He won’t be fighting for a title anywhere,” Beirer said. “Whether Jeffrey can still race two, three or five MXGP events at the end of the season doesn’t make a big difference anymore. We wait for the day when the doctor will tell us, “Jeffrey is pain free and has full weight on his bones again.” That day Jeffrey will start riding again, but not before.”
“Of course I hope that the recovery will be quick and that we will still see Jeffrey on the bike at the last few Grand Prix’s. He can then gain some more racing experience in 2022, take a normal winter break and start the new World Championship season with normal preparation in 2023”, stated Beirer.
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