More trouble found MX2 points leader Jeffrey Herlings on Sunday at the MXGP of Sweden. Herlings entered the round just two weeks removed from surgery to repair a broken right collarbone sustained at the MXGP of Germany when an attempted scrub went terribly wrong, launching Herlings over the handlebars.
Following a win in the first moto on Sunday, Herlings crashed on the start of the second moto. Herlings remounted quickly and appeared to be rejoining the race before looking down and realizing his left pinkie finger had been severely dislocated and broken skin was showing down to the bone.
Racer X European contributor Adam Wheeler reported this morning that Herlings had the finger straightened and had stitches inserted last night at a local hospital and was “lucky to escape a fracture and serious nerve damage.”
According to Wheeler, there has been no decision on Herlings’ status for the MXGP of Latvia this weekend. Tim Gajser went on to claim the overall on Sunday, and now trails Herlings by 78 points.
Herlings posted a photo of his finger to his Instagram account yesterday. Warning: The image is graphic.