Jeffrey Herlings has been ruled out of the MXGP at Loket (Czech Republic) this weekend after further scans revealed a more significant shoulder fracture.
Red Bull KTM says the 26-year-old underwent further scans on his left shoulder blade earlier this week. The initial fracture that had ruled him out of the second moto of his home Grand Prix last Sunday was found to be larger than originally thought.
Herlings had been landed on by another rider at the start of the first race at Oss and although he was able to win the sprint he was forced out of the second outing.
The four-time world champion now has to convalesce to let the crack heal sufficiently.
Jeffrey Herlings: “I don’t have pain in my shoulder for day-to-day life but sports and especially something like motocross is a different story. We’ll sit out Loket with the aim to come back 100 per cent. It’s a shame and something that wasn’t my fault but it is what it is.”
Update July, 27 2021, 12:47 BST: Herlings spoke with MXGP’s Lisa Leyland at Loket and he shared some extra details while on camera. “Honestly, it’s hard for me to say because I don’t even know myself,” said Herlings.
“There’s a small chance I will be back racing next weekend in Lommel [round six] to keep my championship hopes alive. If that is smart? I don’t know. I don’t think so. Normally the plan is to return back in Finland [round eight] and be healthy. Once again, nothing has been decided but this week we will have another check-up with the doctor and then we hope to have more news to see what will happen.”