There had been a lot of speculation surrounding Jeffrey Herlings during the 2022 AMA Nationals, but after it was revealed the MXGP World Champion would need more left and right lower extremity surgery, it looked like the Herlings’ season was over before it even started.
This could still turn out to be the case, but talking to Speedweek.comKTM Motorsport director Pit Beirer hasn’t closed the door on Herlings returning to racing this year at the final two rounds of the MXGP World Championship and if he races them it would also open the door to being 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 is back on the bike in time after getting the all clear from the doctor and if he feels good for to run.
“The season in Europe and America is abandoned for Jeffrey. He’s not going to fight 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’re waiting for the day when the doctor tells us: ‘Jeffrey is no longer in pain and has his full weight on his back again. bones.” That day, Jeffrey will start riding again, but not before.
“Of course, I hope the recovery will be quick and that we will see Jeffrey on the bike again in the last Grands Prix. He can then gain more racing experience in 2022, take a normal winter break and start the new World Championship season with normal preparation in 2023,” said Beirer.
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