Herlings takes KTM’s eighth MXGP title at final round thriller

Jeffrey Herlings

Jeffrey Herlings

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are MXGP World Champions for the third time since 2017 thanks to Jeffrey Herlings’ stellar 2021 season.

Herlings has delivered Red Bull KTM Factory Racing their eighth premier class FIM Motocross World Championship since 2010, and third with the KTM 450 SX-F, with a tense one-one victory at the 2021 season-closing Grand Prix Citta di Mantova in Italy.

The #84, who has been a KTM racer his whole career and emerged onto the Grand Prix scene as a 15-year-old in 2010, has increased his stats with a resolutely fast and strong performance this term in what has been a close and memorable campaign for MXGP.

Entering the final two rounds and the double-header at Mantova, Herlings was one of three riders separated by only three points in the MXGP standings. The Citta di Mantova climax across the Mantova sand and under cloudy skies meant Herlings had to combat both Romain Febvre (who he trailed by three points coming into the last motos) and Tim Gajser.

Herlings withstood the pressure aboard his KTM 450 SX-F and went one-one in the two outings in Italy to re-enter his name in the record books with his fifth Motocross World Championship title and second in the MXGP division.

He also claimed 14 podiums including nine Grand Prix wins and 13 pole positions from the 17 rounds he contested in 2021, which means he stands only two overall victories away from the all-time record of 101 and with another two years ahead as a Red Bull KTM Factory Racing athlete.

With the performances from Herlings, Tony Cairoli, and Jorge Prado in the MXGP class this season, KTM also won the 2021 Manufacturers’ Championship.

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