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Jeffrey Herlings Four From Four After Thailand Double

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Another amazing ride is in the bag for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings winning both races in Thailand on his way to his second straight clean sweep of the MX2 class to kick off the 2015 World MX2 Championship.

Herlings was undoubtedly the dominant rider in the MX2 class and looked very much his old self during both races after coming into the season unsure of his position following nearly seven months of injury lay-off. He now leaves Thailand with a perfect 100-point scorecard after two GPs and now has three weeks to work on his fitness before the next round in Argentina on March 29.

‰ÛÏThis was a really tough weekend and I don‰Ûªt have so much riding fitness yet because I have only been on the bike four weeks." Herlings said. "The heat really got to me but we made our way through and won both motos.

"I also won the qualification so I can go home happy. The track is what it is and riders have to adapt but for sure it was kind of Supercross style, and with this hear, they humidity and such a track it was really tough.

"Sometimes you have to fight through a wall and that‰Ûªs what I did. Now I have three weeks to recover so I‰Ûªm going to rest, recover and start training again on Wednesday."
Pauls Jonas gave KTM a 1-2 result in Thailand - Credit: Ray Archer
Finishing second to Herlings was KTM counterpart Pauls Jonass. Jonass has been working in the off-season with KTM‰Ûªs Stefan Everts, who is now charged with developing the KTM Juniors, was also very impressive.

His 4-2 race result in Thailand also puts him at third overall in the championship points behind Herlings and Dylan Ferrandis and also attracted special praise from MX2 Factory Team Manager Dirk Gruebel.

‰ÛÏWe came to Qatar and Thailand with no expectations and I just tried to do my best." Jonass explained. "Here in Thailand I set the fastest time in time practice and I got second in qualifying for a pretty good gate pick for the races.

"My starts were not so good but I made a few good passes in the opening corners. I finished fourth in the first race and second in the second race when I felt much better and got my rhythm earlier. This is a good way to start the season and I will try to get more podiums.‰Û
Dylan Ferrandis finished on equal points for the round with Jonas to secure the final step on the podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
After being ill yesterday, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis managed to race his way to third overall for his second podium finish of the season.

‰ÛÏmy goal is to win." Ferrandis admitted. "For the last five years I have never been 100% but now I feel good, better than I ever have. I believe that when I am riding the best I can, I can race with Jeffrey and that‰Ûªs what I want to do‰Û
MX2 Podium Credit: Ray Archer
MX2 Championship Standings
1. Jeffrey Herlings - 100 Pts
2. Dylan Ferrandis - 78 Pts
3. Pauls Jonass - 70 Pts
4. Julien Lieber - 62 Pts
5. Valentin Guillod - 58 Pts
6. Aleksandr Tonkov - 56 Pts
7. Thomas Covington - 53 Pts
8. Tim Gajser - 52 Pts
9. Petar Petrov - 41 Pts
10. Jeremy Seewer - 38 Pts
11. Mel Pocock - 36 Pts
12. Jordi Tixier - 35 Pts
13. Roberts Justs - 25 Pts
14. Jens Getteman - 25 Pts
15. Brian Bogers - 23 Pts
16. Ivo Monticelli - 20 Pts
17. Benoit Paturel - 19 Pts
18. Vesveolod Brylyakov - 19 Pts
19. Max Anstie - 15 Pts

Top Image: Jeffrey Herlings on his way to another perfect scorecard in Thailand

Credit: Ray Archer

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