Herlings doubles up in France

The MX2 World Champion won outright in Ernée as his dominance continued.

Jeffrey Herlings MX2 2013 World Championship Red Bull KTM Factory
© Ray Archer / KTM Images

Jeffrey Herlings recovered from a huge crash on Saturday at Ernée to win the French Grand Prix with a double-moto victory on Sunday.

The Red Bull KTM Factory rider had a monstrous off during the qualifying race which left him 27th gate pick for Sunday's races, and his limping gait hinted at the toll the nasty-looking tumble took on his physical condition.

However, displaying true mettle and a World Champion's invincibility the Dutchman was hot off the gate on Sunday to win the opening race by 2.9s despite coming under some pressure from French rider Dylan Ferrandis, who was riding with the weight of a partisan French crowd behind him. Glenn Coldenhoff came in third with Jordi Tixier fourth.

In race two Herlings took until the ninth lap to hit the front as he took the lead from Jake Nicholls, and from there he built a strong lead to eventually win by 5.7s, with Ferrandis repeating his second place and another Frenchman Christophe Charlier giving added delight for the fans by taking third.

The race two result was how the podium looked too, with Herlings taking his seventh double-moto win of the season and an incredible eighth GP win from eight rounds in 2013.

MX2 Race 1 result:
1. Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM
2. Dylan Ferrandis, FRA, Kawasaki
3. Glenn Coldenhoff, NED, KTM
4. Jordi Tixier, FRA, KTM
5. Jose Butron, SPA, KTM

MX2 Race 2 result:
1. Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM
2. Dylan Ferrandis, FRA, Kawasaki
3. Christophe Charlier, FRA, Yamaha
4. Alexander Tonkov, RUS, Honda
5. Jake Nicholls, GBR, KTM

Final MX2 classification for GP of France:
1. Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM – 50
2. Dylan Ferrandis, FRA, Kawasaki – 44
3. Christophe Charlier, FRA, Yamaha – 32
4. Alexander Tonkov, RUS, Honda – 31
5. Jake Nicholls, GBR, KTM – 31

MX2 World Championship standings after Round 8:
1. Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM – 397
2. Jordi Tixier, FRA, KTM – 287
3. Jose Butron, SPA, KTM – 247
4. Glenn Coldenhoff, NED, KTM – 237
5. Christophe Charlier, FRA, Yamaha – 230