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Jeffrey Herlings To Miss Indonesian GPs After Fractured Vertebra Diagnosis

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Jeffery Herlings at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
An initial scan at the track revealed a potentially Jeffery Herlings had a cracked C5 and an MRI on Monday confirmed the injury. Photo: Ray Archer

Jeffrey Herlings will miss rounds ten and eleven of the current 2023 MXGP campaign to allow a fractured C5 vertebra to heal.

The 28-year-old Dutchman crashed while leading the first moto of the Grand Prix of Germany in Teutschenthal. Herlings was able to remount and complete the final laps of the race, scoring one point for 20th place, but felt pain and discomfort in his neck. An initial scan at the track revealed a potentially cracked C5 and an MRI on Monday confirmed the injury.

Herlings, who has won four Grands Prix and walked the MXGP podium six times this season while in firm contention for a sixth world title, fortunately, does not require surgery to repair the fracture but will need to rest and recover. The convalescence means he’ll sit out Grands Prix in Sumbawa and Lombok at the end of the month and into the beginning of July.

“It’s hard to find many words,” Herlings lamented. “It sums up my career in a way: we get the wins record but then suffer another injury and another setback. I still don’t know what really happened with the crash because I’d been using that line nicely in the moto until that point. Afterwards, my neck didn’t feel right. I tried to finish and take what points I could but I know my body very well by now and could feel something was wrong. So, we’ll miss another two GPs at least but I’m glad I won’t need surgery and I hope to be back with my team and racing again as soon as I can. Thanks, as always, to Red Bull KTM and all the guys who have been in my corner and for all the messages of support.”

Jeffery Herlings at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Herlings hopes to be racing again as soon as he can. Photo: Ray Archer

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