"No injuries and a lot of testing and a lot of riding," Herlings says of his prep. "I feel comfortable and strong and we did everything we planned to do without any hiccups. There was that crash in the Italian Championship and maybe I was lucky to escape unhurt but in truth the off-season went perfectly. We couldn't have asked for anything more."
Herlings, number #84, turned his rookie 450cc term around from a broken hand and shaky confidence to almost total control of the leaderboard. The former three times MX2 world champ is hoping to maintain his form from the last event of the 2017 schedule in France.
"Last year was pretty much the low-to-the-high," he reflected. "It ended the other way around from how we started the season when I was really struggling. I went from a broken hand and thinking ‰Û÷how to get into the top ten?‰Ûª to winning five of the last rounds and being pretty dominant. It was like there were two different 'Jeffreys'. It felt great to have all those wins and achieve a feeling of being back where we belonged. It was cool. I want more."