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Jeffrey Herlings Set To Return For MXGP of Finland This Weekend

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Motocross rider Jeffrey Herlings at the MXGP of Portugal.
Herlings won four Grands Prix this season before he was injured. Photo: Ray Archer

Jeffrey Herlings will return this weekend at Vantaa in Finland for round fourteen of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship.

The record-holder for most Grand Prix wins in the entire history of the FIM Motocross World Championship has recovered sufficiently from the fractured neck vertebra he sustained as a result of a crash while leading round nine of nineteen in Germany.

The winner of four Grands Prix this season (still the joint-highest total in 2023) missed rounds in Indonesia, Czech Republic and Belgium while he convalesced from the injury but received the all-clear from doctors this week to begin riding and will now attempt MXGP’s first visit to Vantaa this century.

Motocross rider Jeffrey Herlings at the MXGP of Spain.
Herlings received the all-clear from doctors this week to begin riding again. Photo: Ray Archer

The sandy nature of the Finnish course, located close to Helsinki, should play into Herlings’ favour but, instead of harboring ambitions of race results, #84 is merely looking to build up his GP speed once more and place points on the board to improve his current standing of 7th. Finland represents the third fixture in three weeks for MXGP, so the Red Bull KTM ace will then have another two weeks to continue his comeback prep before round fifteen, the Grand Prix of Sweden, in mid-August.

“Once I knew the problem with my neck and back was going to need time and I’d sit out races then my only focus was to heal 100% before I came near the bike again,” The 28-year-old Dutchman explained. “I know the physical and the mental cost of setbacks like this and I was determined to follow the doctor’s advice. If I couldn’t have the title this year then I wanted my health. I’m still in good shape so I hope it won’t take too long to get back at the front.”

Herlings claimed the MX2 Grand Prix of Finland at Hyvinkaa in 2014 but was on the sidelines for the return to the circuit in 2022 last year. He has six podiums from nine GP appearances in 2023 to-date.

Photo of MXGP motocross rider Jeffrey Herlings
Herlings has six podiums from nine GP appearances in 2023 to-date. Photo: Ray Archer

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