Mental Speed: Motocross World GP Star Jeff Herlings Laps the Field at Lierop to Utterly Own the MX 2 Class


Jeffrey Herlings is merely 17 years old…and already making history.

Oakley’s Dutch Motocross phenom lapped most of the field before a massive collection of crazed home fans at Lierop Grand Prix this past weekend. The youngster, charging into the event with a commanding MX 2 class championship standings lead over Tommy Searle, smoked KTM teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek in Moto 1 to claim victory at an insane 2:07 minutes ahead.

In general, he flat out embarrassed riders all day long. And he fully intended to.

“I came out today with a pole position and made two hole shots,” Jeff said, rocking his Oakley MX goggles and Dispatch 2 eyewear. “The first moto was unbelievable. I just cruised my way to the finish, and lapped up until second, only my teammate Jeremy stayed in the same lap so it was an awesome race. And in the second moto, I took the hole shot again and lapped up to fourth and I got the full 50 points. I’ve extended my points lead on Tommy so I really happy with that one.”

With a vocal plan to triumph by a minute in each race, the Dutchman far exceeded even his own expectations.

The opening Moto was simply an unbelievable display of speed, with Jeff out in front seven seconds through Lap 1 – followed by 13 seconds in the second, then 25, 28 and 33 seconds. But it still wasn’t enough.

The speed demon continued to lap riders for a more-than-easy win.

Moto 2 saw no letdown from Oakley’s team ripper – who crossed the finish 2:04 minutes ahead of Van Horebeek after effectively lapping every single rider up to the fourth position.

The ultra impressive victory was reminiscent of mental feats achieved only by fellow Oakley Rider and legend, Ricky Carmichael himself. It also rocketed Jeff to an insurmountable 65-point lead over Searle for the MX 2 Crown.

All in all, the performance was just about unbelievable. All summed up by the words of Jeff’s own KTM Factory team manager and long-time Oakley European Motocross Legend, Stefan Everts.

“He’s an animal in the sand. He is the fastest rider on sand on the planet!”


Andrew De Lara


September 04, 2012

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