KTM Fines MX2 Factory Racer Jeffrey Herlings for Bad Behavior – Video

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KTM has issued a fine and a warning to its own factory motocross racer Jeffrey Herlings for “certain behavioral issues” from the past two MX2 World Championship rounds.

Herlings currently leads the MX2 World Championship standings, winning five of seven rounds including eight of 14 motos.

KTM did not specify exactly what Herlings did, but the tipping point was dropping the F-bomb on live television in a post-race interview. In the interview, Herlings criticized rider Mel Pocock for blocking him during the second moto of the June 10 Portugal round. The FIM also issued Herlings a fine of 3000 euros (US$3742) for the interview (look for it after the jump).

Herlings was also involved in an incident with Yamaha racer Arnaud Tonus the previous round in France. Herlings passed Tonus on the inside but swept wide going into a turn, forcing Tonus into a crash. There are also unsubstantiated reports over social media that Herlings had an off-track incident with Tonus’ camp after the Portugal round (Herlings was reportedly also dating Tonus’ sister, making the alleged incident rather personal.)

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“While Jeffrey’s behavior was unacceptable we do understand that he was under pressure at the time and we hope that this will be a valuable lesson for him and will help him in his future as a factory rider,” says Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports.

Here’s the interview from the Portugal round (warning: foul language):

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Herlings says he accepts his punishment.

“I realize that my behavior was out of line and I accept the sanctions,” says Herlings. “I have to remember that I’m a role model for aspiring young riders and I should to behave in a way that they respect me as a person as well as an athlete. Because of this I have asked KTM to donate the money from my fine to an appropriate children’s charity.”

[Source: KTM]

 

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  • Tony

    Park him up Mel BIG TIME !

  • Clive Farrar

    Judt watched the last race,(I had on record)brilliant ride in both motos lapping up to 2nd and 3rd.however I think his attitude and gestures towards other riders stink.i have never witnessed such cockiness in the sport before or in any other motorcycle sport. I hope it all stays good for him and he continues to ride the way he does.maybe as he grows up a little he will learn some manners and respect for others.many thanks in advance for your time.