PHOTOS: Herlings victorious at home Grand Prix of Valkenswaard

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Dutchman leads early MXP standings as Frenchman Vialle tops MX2 title race.

Dutchman Jeffrey Herlings produced a superb display in the second MXGP race of the Grand Prix of Valkenswaard on Sunday to lift his home fans and retain the early overall title lead. Here is all you need to know:

– Herlings won the MX2 world titles in 2012, 2013 and 2016, and dominated his first MXGP title in 2018, before foot and ankle injuries spoiled his 2019 campaign.

– He opened the 2020 FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship season last week at Matterley Basin in the UK with one victory and one second behind Tim Gajser.

– For the next round in front of his huge Dutch fan base, he had to settle for second in the opening race as Slovenian Gajser put the hammer down for a gutsy win by 21 seconds as Spaniard Jorge Prado finished in fourth place and Italian legend Antonio Cairoli seventh.

– The second race saw Herlings storm into an early lead and, even though Gajser tried to close, he won by 22 seconds with Lithuanian Arminas Jasikonis third again.

– Cairoli finished fifth with Prado 13th as Herlings’ early overall lead remained nine points over 2019 champion Gajser and 26 over nine-time world champion Cairoli.

– The 25-year-old Herlings now switches his attention to the Argentina GP at Neuquén on March 22 with the Pietramurata race moved to July 19 due to coronavirus.

– In MX2, Frenchman Tom Vialle finished second and first with Austrian Rene Hofer fourth and 26th to leave Vialle at the top of the standings by five points.

2020 MXGP overall standings after 2 of 20 rounds:
1. Jeffrey Herlings 94 pts
2. Tim Gajser 85
3. Tony Cairoli 68
8. Jorge Prado 47

2020 MX2 overall standings after 2 of 20 rounds:
1. Tom Vialle 87 pts
2. Jago Geerts 82
3. Jed Beaton 74
5. Rene Hofer 53

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