Next Gen: Motocross Young Gun Jeffrey Herlings Claims MX2 World Championship Title in Faenza
Jeffrey Herlings is fast. Almost too fast.
Oakley’s Dutch Young Gun, continuing his utter dominance of the MX2 class all year long, was finally crowned with the World Title by comfortably owning both motos at the GP of Europe at Faenza (Italy).
The 17-year-old ripper, first taking the win in the qualifiers with ease, didn’t let up in any way all day long – charging through both Holeshots with reckless abandon to an emphatic overall victory. The result was his ninth GP triumph on the season…with just as much style as ever.
“I had many ups and downs during the whole season, but I managed to find the way to get through everything and win the title,” Jeff said, rocking his Oakley Crowbar MX Goggles. "I am really happy to have had my team behind me because they have been really supportive all the time.”
Although never really easy, the performance was as seemingly smooth as ever.
A 32 second Moto 1 win over Tommy Searle was capped off by an equally impressive 22 second ‘victory lap’ victory over him in the second.
Looking to seal the deal coming into the race, the Dutchman outdid himself yet again – writing even more pages for himself in the record books. A ‘lucky’ 16 of 31 riders even managed to finish the race in the same lap as he did in one of the Motos.
“It has been more than 20 years since a Dutch rider won a World title,” he continued. “So it is amazing feeling, like I am really writing history now. In the last few years I have managed to put the motocross back in the front covers and on TV in the Netherlands, so I hope to do good for my country and put the sport in the place it deserves.”
As a sign of things to come in the future, look out for Jeffrey Herlings as he leads the way for the new generation of European riders.
Congratulations from the Oakley Family!