Multi-Time FIM MX2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings To Make Pro MX Debut at Saturday’s Christi Hubler Chevrolet Ironman National.
MURRIETA, Calif. – The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team has confirmed today that multi-time FIM MX2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings will compete in the final round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship this Saturday, Aug. 26 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Herlings, who currently holds 2nd overall in the premier MXGP Championship, made the last-minute decision to race the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION on U.S. soil before heading to his regularly scheduled stop at the MXGP of the USA in Jacksonville, Florida one week later.
Herlings: “Since I was already coming to the U.S. to prepare for the hot and humid conditions that we’re going to face in Florida, I thought it would be a fun opportunity to race against the best riders in America while I am already here. I’m looking forward to a fun weekend with the team.”
Musquin, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s sole rider based under the U.S. tent, currently sits 3rd overall in the 450 Class championship standings as the season comes to a close. After battling a mid-season knee injury, Musquin came on strong in the latter half of the season to carry a six-moto win-streak into the penultimate round of racing. Musquin continues to strive for an additional 50 points this Saturday in Indiana.
“We are thrilled that a multi-time FIM World Motocross Champion like Jeffrey Herlings would take the opportunity of an open weekend in MXGP to come over and compete in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “For him to take on a challenge like this really shows his competitiveness as a racer. We can’t wait to see him go up against Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and the rest of our championship contenders, then see Eli join Jeffrey’s series next weekend with the MXGP of the USA. Both of these races will be very exciting to watch.”
With Herlings’ addition to the Ironman National lineup, the 450 Class will feature a total of six 250cc titleholders from around the world, which also includes Baggett, Musquin, Tomac, Cooper Webb, and Dean Wilson.