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Jeffrey Herlings has pieced together some impressive statistics during his time in the FIM Motocross World Championship, which has spanned across eleven seasons thus far (this being the eleventh). Pundits do not even need to view the numbers to confidently proclaim that! What do the figures actually look like though? That is a question that carries many answers that in turn open up many avenues of conversation.
Grands Prix Completed
45 (MXGP Class)
97 (MX2 Class)
The current enforced break in the Grand Prix schedule offers up a great opportunity to see everything that he has done in his career thus far and what he could realistically achieve in the time that he has left – that being until the end of 2023 at the earliest. Without further ado, here are some of his accomplishments and relevant notes to accompany those. Contact us on social media (motocrossvice on Twitter) if you are looking for a specific piece of information.
Grand Prix Wins
27 (MXGP Class)
61 (MX2 Class)
Note: Jeffrey Herlings has logged 27 premier class wins since entering the class in 2017. That is not a bad figure, huh? Antonio Cairoli grabbed 18 in his first three terms, in comparison, and Tim Gajser locked down 10. That puts even more emphasis on what Herlings has achieved, even though he missed a majority of last season with injuries. It is worth noting that he was the first guy to get 17 Grand Prix victories in one term too (although Stefan Everts had a slightly better win percentage back in 2006, as he only lost one. Herlings lost two in 2018).
Grand Prix Podiums
34 (MXGP Class)
80 (MX2 Class)
Note: The most intriguing thing to note here is how little Jeffrey Herlings actually ends up in second or third overall. Herlings has occupied those positions 26 times in his career. In comparison, he has finished first overall 88 times. Insane! Here is another way of looking at it: Herlings has raced 142 rounds in his career and has missed the box in just 28 of those. All of these figures paint quite the picture of just how successful he has been. Herlings has been on the podium in 236 individual motos as well.
Individual Moto Wins
51 (MXGP Class)
119 (MX2 Class)
Note: Although Jeffrey Herlings only joined the premier class three seasons ago, he already sits in third on the list of all-time MX1/MXGP moto wins. Stefan Everts is just three moto wins up on him (taking just 2004 to 2006 into account). A record that Herlings does already boast though is the most moto wins in one term, that being 33. Herlings did not even manage that in MX2! The most moto victories that he had in a year in that class was 28 (in 2013). Herlings has 65 more moto wins than anyone else in the MX2 record books.
– This is the one stat that everyone will want, so here it is: Jeffrey Herlings has missed 33 Grands Prix in his career due to injury. That number includes events that are spread across seven seasons (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019). It is realistic to presume that he would have won half of those rounds, right? That would already put him as a winningest guy in Grand Prix history. It is all ifs and buts though – the same theory could be applied to both Stefan Everts and Antonio Cairoli.
– This will really come as no surprise, but Jeffrey Herlings has experienced the most success in The Netherlands. 14 of his Grand Prix victories have come at either Valkenswaard, Assen or Lierop. Italy is the next nation that he has enjoyed the most success in (11 wins), which is not a surprise considering the sheer volume of Grands Prix in the nation. France is third with seven. The most surprising thing is that he has only won in Belgium three times – that event seems to coincide perfectly with the time that he is injured each term.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer