Jeffrey Herlings finally returned to racing at the third round of the 2019 Dutch Masters series on Thursday and immediately made a statement. Herlings was more than a second quicker than anyone in qualifying, first of all, and then backed that up with a moto win in the first premier-class encounter. A fourth in moto two gave him third overall on the day, a successful start to his comeback. KTM shared some quotes from #84 following the event at Rhenen.
"Yesterday was a good day I'd say. We qualified first with a decent gap to second so that shows we have the speed already: The endurance is something else of course! I haven't done any real motos yet, so coming to the race I knew it would be tough because the tracks in Holland are pretty bumpy and the competition is really strong with other GP riders lined-up. I was not too bad. I got a good start in the first moto and was fighting for the lead the whole time. I could win but I was not my old self and couldn't run away from the guys. It wasn't too bad though.
In the second moto I worked my way up to the lead but got some arm-pump. I struggled, but that's normal because I haven't raced for eight-nine months. I feel that I need to do a lot of racing right now and work my way back-in with the guys. The bike set-up is good and the team are working hard so I just need to do my best now and it will take some weeks, maybe even months, to get back where I belong. My foot is not too bad at the moment… For what is the day after the race. I'm looking forward to racing the ADAC now and getting some more race rhythm."
Jeffrey Herlings will now turn his attention to the second round of the ADAC MX Masters series in Germany, Moggers, this weekend, in an attempt to get more seat time beneath his belt. It has not been confirmed whether or not he will race at the Grand Prix of Russia yet.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX