Motocross rider Jeffrey Herlings has won the Grand Prix of Asia with a great show of strength. On the cross circuit of Semarang on Java, the Brabander was the fastest in both motos.
Herlings strengthened its leading position in the World Championship stand of the Royal class MXGP. He now has a 24-point advantage over reigning world champion Antonio Cairoli. The Italian finished third in the first heat and finished fourth in the second heat. The Slovenian Tim Gajser was the best after Herlings, published by the Planet Engine.
It was not the day of Glenn Coldenhoff, the second Dutchman in the MXGP. He ignored a yellow warning flag in the first moto and was put back in the ranking ten times. The result was the eighteenth place. In the second heat, the Brabander was hardly ahead and was fourteenth.
Provincial Herlings is triple world champion in the light class MX2 and made the switch to the top class last year. At that time he had to leave the title to Cairoli, who, like himself, comes for the KTM factory team. This year Herlings was master and master from the first race, until after a clumsy fall during a training session in Berghem he ended up in the hospital for an operation on a collarbone.
During his return last week at the Grand Prix of Indonesia, Herlings showed that he had lost nothing in form. He took the win and repeated that performance on Java Sunday. He booked his tenth GP win of the season.