Huge news today in MXGP, as points leaders Jeffrey Herlings was injured in free practice and is out for the MXGP of Citta di Faenza.
According to MX Vice, Herlings “has pain in his neck, but can move everything and is being transported to a local hospital (around an hour away) for more detailed X-rays.”
Herlings entered today with a 60 point lead over teammate Antonio Cairoli.
After the race, Red Bull KTM team manager Dirk Gruebel released a statement on Herlings’ condition:
“Jeffrey went down on the fourth lap of Free Practice and hit his head quite hard. He regained feeling in his arms and legs pretty quickly but still went to Bologna for full body scans. We have yet to see the results, but he has been released from hospital. We’re talking about a pretty big compression of the neck, vertebrae and a hematoma of the shoulder. He’ll get back to Belgium tomorrow for some more examinations and hopefully it is not that dramatic. It will take a couple of weeks to recover but we cannot give an exact date right now. Jorge did great but Tom made a fantastic job on a track that was far from easy. He played it smart, stayed clean and brought home 50 points, which was great for the championship and his confidence.”