The Bullet

Jeffrey Herlings

When I hear that there’s sand, I really get excited!

Jeffery Herlings performs during the FIM Motocross World Championship 2016 in Leon, Mexico on April 17, 2016
© KTM Images/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Jeffrey Herlings. My discipline is MX2. My friends call me The Bullet. I was born on 12 September 1994 in Geldrop, Netherlands. My special talent is riding on sand. My philosophy of life is the show must go on. The most important person in my life is my mother. My favourite food is french fries. My favourite music is R&B.


Having been born in the tiny village of Geldrop, it was only a matter of time before the Dutchman struck gold. The young motocross rider took his first national title in 2002, when he won the Dutch Amateur 65cc Championship.

After another 65cc success the following year, Jeffrey moved through the classes, picking up world and European titles on the way, as well as a reputation for high performance on sand.

In 2009, Jeffrey stepped up to the MX2 class where he achieved a more than respectable second place in the European Championship, and a third place in the Dutch Open Championship.

From 2010 he moved to the MX2 World Championship with the Red Bull KTM Factory team and a year later was crowned Dutch Open Champion. His climb to the top continued and, after finishing as a runner-up in the 2011 MX2 season, Jeffrey dominated the 2012 season – finally snapping up the World Champion title in spectacular style two races before the season finale in Germany. He repeated this feat in 2013 to become a two-time World Champion.

2014 saw him finish second in MX2 with 12 wins and the victories kept on coming in 2015, but injuries affected Herlings' ability to really push for further titles.

2016 saw Herlings back to full fitness and a landmark 50th victory achieved on home soil at Valkenswaard in March 2016 was part of a commanding start to the season.

His lead over his rivals was so dominant that, even though he was forced to miss three rounds due to a collarbone injury, he still never lost the lead of the championship. A third MX2 title was confirmed at the MXGP of the Americas.

Now, with the MX2 category well and truly conquered, Jeffrey has made the step up to MXGP, where he continues his successful partnership with the Red Bull KTM Factory Team.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Supermotocross Rider's Cup


  2. 2016
    1. FIM Motocross World Championship MX2 champion

      Won the MX2 world title for the third time

    2. 2nd place: Motocross World Championship – MX2

      Charlotte, NC, USA

    3. 1st Place: MX2 Motocross World Championship – Italy

      Mantova, Italy

    4. 1st Place: FIM MX2 World Championship – UK

      Winchester, UK

    5. 1st Place: MXGP of France – MX2

      St Jean d'Angely

    6. 1st place: Motocross World Championship – MX2

      Pietramurata, Italy

    7. 1st Place: MXGP of Germany

      Teutschenthal, Germany