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KTM SANCTIONS FACTORY RIDER JEFFREY HERLINGS OVER BEHAVIORAL ISSUES

KTM Motorsports Department has announced that they intend to sanction MX2 factory rider Jeffrey Herlings over certain behavioral issues that occurred during the past two MX2 GP race weekends.

Head of KTM Motorsports Pit Beirer made the announcement on Monday and said the Dutch teenager would receive a fine and a warning!

“While Jeffrey’s behavior was unacceptable we do understand that he was under pressure at the time and we hope that this will be a valuable lesson for him and will help him in his future as a factory rider.” Beirer added that the company felt the sanctions were necessary to send a strong signal to the KTM rider, but also to show respect towards the team’s well-respected competitors in the championship.

Herlings also said he was sorry and that he recognized that the incidents had shown him in a bad light. “I realize that my behavior was out of line and I accept the sanctions,” he said. “I have to remember that I’m a role model for aspiring young riders and I should to behave in a way that they respect me as a person as well as an athlete. Because of this I have asked KTM to donate the money from my fine to an appropriate children’s charity.”

Herlings, who currently leads the MX2 championship, said he would try to deal with any further incidents by being less headstrong and emotional. He said in future he would do his best to behave in way that reflects his position as factory rider in one of the sport’s most recognized professional teams.

5 Comments

  1. goonroost Post author

    It honestly wasn’t that bad of a move, it was in the rules of motocross as he was infront. I just hope mx doesn’t turn into a bubble wrapped sport

  2. Monda Post author

    There is no excuse for his behaviour. Look back at the role models he has had and is surrounded by, all perfect, professional sportsmen.

  3. scottd

    On the Same Day in MX1 Rui Goncalves Physically Attacked Jamie Law. What exactly has Herlings done in the last Two G.P’s?? OK he took Tonus out and Swore on LIve T.V. Herlings is being Bullied (on the Internet) every week, just cos he’s a Bit Arrogant. I remember back in 2004 When Everts and Pichon were Rivals and Pichon took Everts out at the start of the race and waited for him and threw his goggles at him out of frustration.

  4. Monda Post author

    The take outs, the fighting and the swearing would have been normal 15 years ago but since then mx has gone professional which means teams have to offer everything they can to sponsors and so in turn pay the best riders well.
    Look at the size of the KTM team, the payroll just to go racing must massive. Everts and Beirer are working their nuts off for the likes of Herlings which is why I say he is out of order. He has shown poor respect for his team and its sponsors.

  5. James Post author

    Agree Monda. He is a role model for up and coming riders and has a responsibility which in the press release he has stated.

    KTM aren’t trying to portray themselves as Hart and Huntington, they are a corporate multi million pound business selling Motorcycles.

    He signed a contract that states he has to conduct himself professionally.

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