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Jeffrey Herlings extends contract with his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team

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Jeffrey Herlings. Photo: Ray Archer
Four-times FIM Motocross World Champion Jeffrey Herlings has signed a new contract with his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team and will remain ‰Û÷in orange‰Ûª for a further three years until the end of the 2023 MXGP season.

The twenty-five-year-old Dutchman inked his deal on the eve of the British Grand Prix this weekend and the opening round of twenty in the 2020 MXGP series; his fourth in the premier class and eleventh in the FIM World Championship all with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

The association began in 2009 when Herlings was signed to make his MX2 GP debut for the 2010 season as a fifteen-year old. He claimed his first top-three race finish in just his second moto at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo, celebrated his first podium at Mantova in Italy for round two and then started an incredible seven-year unbeaten streak of wins a few weeks later at his home event at Valkenswaard; scene of his very first 1-1 clean sweep.

Since that initial term in 2010 Herlings has gone on to accumulate 86 Grand Prix victories in two classes and ace titles in 2012, 2013, 2016 (all MX2) and then 2018 (MXGP) with KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F machinery. In that time there have been some astonishing performances ‰ÛÒ such as the first moto chequered flag in Latvia last summer, taken with a broken foot ‰ÛÒ and also some tough moments when he conceded likely titles in 2014 and 2015 due to injury. His peerless 2018 MXGP campaign saw #84 own 17 from 19 Grands Prix and classify as runner-up in the other two outings.
Jeffrey Herlings. Photo: Ray Archer
Herlings is already the most successful Dutch rider in the history of the sport and is third on the list for all-time Grand Prix triumphs. In 2019 he added the Motocross of Nations Chamberlain trophy to his heaving collection of silverware.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very, very happy. I have been with KTM since 2009 so by the end of this next contract it will be fifteen years together. I‰Ûªm excited to stay in the orange family and I have been working with Pit [Beirer] and the entire crew since the beginning and I was fourteen," Herlings said.

"I‰Ûªm blessed to be able to do it for another three years; four including this one about to start. It is also good to have this done before the weekend and GP1 of 2020. KTM is where my heart is, and they are my family. I‰Ûªm thankful that they trust in me, and I believe in them, the bike and all the people I work with. I‰Ûªll be racing with them until I‰Ûªm 28 and I‰Ûªm super-happy, hopefully there many more happy days ahead.‰Û
Jeffrey Herlings. Photo: Ray Archer

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