MotocrossPlanet.com is reporting that current MX2 points leader Jeffrey Herlings sustained a broken collarbone at the Dutch Masters in Halle yesterday while leading the second 250 moto. Per the report, Herlings will have surgery immediately—we would assume to have it plated—to repair the damage.
This is the third consecutive season that a mid-season injury has put his hopes for a third MX2 World Championship in jeopardy. In 2014, Herlings sustained a fractured femur following a crash at a charity race operated by then-team manager Stefan Everts—known as Everts and Friends—while riding an 85cc bike.
Last season Herling suffered a multitude of injuries, including a broken collarbone at the MXGP of Germany in late June. He later suffered a bad finger injury at the MXGP of Sweden and then a dislocated hip at the MXGP of Czech Republic.
Herlings has been unstoppable in the MX2 Class this year. Through 12 (of 18) rounds of the series, the Red Bull KTM rider holds an incredible 169-point lead over Jeremy Seewer, with 50 maximum points available per round. Herlings has won 23 of 24 motos this year, and every overall.
The next round of the FIM World Motocross Championship is scheduled for July 24 at Loket for the MXGP of Czech Republic. We will update Herlings’ status for the race as more information becomes available.