KTM Racing has announced that Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings is currently undergoing follow-up treatment on the leg fracture he sustained during the second half of the 2014 MX2 World Championship. Following his accident, surgeons stabilized Jeffrey’s broken femur with metal plates and screws and his treatment involves the removal if these metal elements.
Jeffrey has already had seven weeks of therapy and physical preparation under the expert guidance of the Red Bull Training Center in Austria. He will take a short respite from training for a couple of days after the surgery and then return to his preparation for the 2015 season.
Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport said Jeffrey’s follow-up treatment was an important step to him being completely well and back on his KTM 250 SX-F factory bike.
“The removal of the metal from Jeffrey’s leg means he is one step closer to being able to resume his training and prepare for the coming season,” Beirer said. “Jeffrey is a fighter and a winner and we look forward to seeing him back on the bike as soon as he gets the green light from his doctors.”
Jeffrey Herlings: “Having the metal taken from my leg is another important step in my recovery process and I’m really looking forward to being back on my bike for some solid track time ahead of the start of the season.”
Herlings, a Red Bull athlete and already a double MX2 World Champion, was the outstanding MX2 rider in 2014 and had won 12 of the first 13 GPs on the calendar. He was just five points away from securing the title at the time of his accident.
His 2014 season will be remembered for his outstanding performance and consistent winning results on the KTM 250 SX-F, and for his heroic attempt to capture the handful of points needed to win the championship by returning injured to ride in the final round in Mexico.