Jeffrey Herlings has sustained an injury to his left foot, which may force the world champion to withdraw from the opening rounds of the MXGP series.
Journalist Adam Wheeler, who has strong links with the team, took to Twitter to break the news. Herlings then followed that as he hinted of a problem late Monday evening via an Instagram Story, which he captioned: “Oh no, oh no. Oh no, no, no, no, no.”
The official Instagram account for the Red Bull KTM team later put out a statement. “MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings will seek medical advice for a left foot injury sustained while riding in Spain today (Monday),” it said.
“The Red Bull KTM rider arrived short on a small, standard jump and immediately stopped his session and headed for his home for consultation. More information will be issued in due course.”
The injury came just a day after Herlings ran out a comfortable winner at the opening round of the RFME Spanish Motocross Championship at Montearagon, Toledo, in central Spain.
“It was good – it was a good test,” said Herlings. “The track was very sketchy. Especially in the second moto when it dried out. It was really good to test the bike – that’s what we came here for.”
Herlings added it was great to be back in front of the fans, and he was looking forward to stronger competition in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, that now appears to be in jeopardy, but it must be stressed that a time frame for recovery is unknown – fingers crossed this injury is not severe.
The opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship is set for Matterley Basin in southern England on February 19-20. Round two of the series comes just two weeks later at Mantova, Italy, before the flyaway to Argentina on March 20.