Jeffrey Herlings

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3/2/2020 6:06 AM

“ I don’t want to win every moto this year. I want to be consistent and win the championship so it’s good that I’ve already lost one race” interesting perspective.

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3/2/2020 6:09 AM

I think when they first get going in either class these guys are balls out to win and win by a mile...but getting hurt over and over changes your perspective I'm sure. Not just Herlings but look at Mookie in SX for example. He's just like, get my ass to the next round.

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3/2/2020 6:16 AM

Jeffrey knows he’s the fastest guy out there and is going to win most of the motos. With the mindset of above, the titles will come easy.

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3/2/2020 6:19 AM

I dont think him being do focused on beating everts records helped him either

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3/2/2020 7:04 AM

T-Fish wrote:

Jeffrey knows he’s the fastest guy out there and is going to win most of the motos. With the mindset of above, the titles will come easy.

I would have agreed every year so far but as of know I'm not 100% sure about this. Gajser looks fast on the new Honda, i think he even stepped it up from last year. Season is going to be hella interesting for sure. People still underrate Gajser and quickly forget that he's only 23, i don't even think we saw his peak yet.

And Herlings.. man, I'm a fan since his battles with Roczen. Saw him live in Teutschenthal on his 250 once. Only winning was never enough for him, smashing his competition was his goal. End of 2017/2018 were crazy aswell. I don't think we saw a faster mx rider so far.

I really hope both riders stay off the ground and can make it all 20 rounds. Gajser had some pretty hard hits last year, but he seems like he is made out of rubber. Herlings pretty much always got injured as soon as he crashed.

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3/2/2020 7:09 AM

Herlings let it go in the second Moto
Pragmatism is part of his new arsenal
So we might not see that Bullet stuff to the title is decided
If TIGA beats him str8 up then that elevates his status for sure
Gonna be glued to this

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3/2/2020 7:40 AM

He done exactly what he needed to do , which is win the gp safely and come out with a good amount of points above the competition.
As a fan it's nice to see riders at their fastest but not always necessary to win the championship.

That accident Tim had in the first Moto could have ended his season if he wasn't made of rubber!

I can't remember who said " You need to go as slow as you can to win" ( or something along that line)

Here's to a healthy season with great racing

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3/2/2020 7:56 AM

Dungey was quite successful using this strategy.

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Take it to the limit, one more time!

3/2/2020 7:57 AM

The strategy of not needing to win every moto isn't a bad one. It brought plenty of titles to Dungey here in the States. Of course with good starts, I don't see Herlings losing that often.

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3/2/2020 8:32 AM

“I can't remember who said " You need to go as slow as you can to win" ( or something along that line)“

That was Jeff Smith.

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3/2/2020 8:59 AM

mfowler wrote:

“I can't remember who said " You need to go as slow as you can to win" ( or something along that line)“

That was Jeff Smith.

“Win the race at the slowest possible speed”?

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3/2/2020 9:02 AM

scottydogmx wrote:

He done exactly what he needed to do , which is win the gp safely and come out with a good amount of points above the competition.
As a fan it's nice to see riders at their fastest but not always necessary to win the championship.

That accident Tim had in the first Moto could have ended his season if he wasn't made of rubber!

I can't remember who said " You need to go as slow as you can to win" ( or something along that line)

Here's to a healthy season with great racing

Gajser's ability to hit the ground and not end up destroyed is amazing. I can only think of JS7, who also did not get hurt too often despite his frequent soil samples.

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3/2/2020 9:30 AM

scottydogmx wrote:

He done exactly what he needed to do , which is win the gp safely and come out with a good amount of points above the competition.
As a fan it's nice to see riders at their fastest but not always necessary to win the championship.

That accident Tim had in the first Moto could have ended his season if he wasn't made of rubber!

I can't remember who said " You need to go as slow as you can to win" ( or something along that line)

Here's to a healthy season with great racing

hamncheeze wrote:

Gajser's ability to hit the ground and not end up destroyed is amazing. I can only think of JS7, who also did not get hurt too often despite his frequent soil samples.

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3/2/2020 9:33 AM

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3/2/2020 9:55 AM

Going to be tough to beat him if he keeps this attitude.

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3/2/2020 10:04 AM

It's a good strategy for Jeffrey but Tim flat out beat him that second moto. Five minutes in he was gone. Looks to be a epic season.

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3/2/2020 10:15 AM

Herlings settled into 2nd and didn’t even break a sweat and went home with a 9 point lead and the red plate, pretty simple

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“If you don’t crash alot, you just ain’t going fast enough” Chandler

3/2/2020 10:20 AM

I'm a huge Herlings fan, but I think that he had nothing for Gajser in that second moto.

Gajser was on rails.

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3/2/2020 10:29 AM

Nuffsaid wrote:

Herlings settled into 2nd and didn’t even break a sweat and went home with a 9 point lead and the red plate, pretty simple

My theory is that Herlings had dark lense goggles. You can hardly see anything in shadows. Gajser had clear lense.

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3/2/2020 10:41 AM

teamddr wrote:

Herlings let it go in the second Moto
Pragmatism is part of his new arsenal
So we might not see that Bullet stuff to the title is decided
If TIGA beats him str8 up then that elevates his status for sure
Gonna be glued to this

Herlings let it go in the 2nd moto??? If TIGA beats him str8 up?? But Tiga did beat him stra8 up!!!! Like Herlings did in the 1st moto.

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3/2/2020 10:44 AM

scottydogmx wrote:

He done exactly what he needed to do , which is win the gp safely and come out with a good amount of points above the competition.
As a fan it's nice to see riders at their fastest but not always necessary to win the championship.

That accident Tim had in the first Moto could have ended his season if he wasn't made of rubber!

I can't remember who said " You need to go as slow as you can to win" ( or something along that line)

Here's to a healthy season with great racing

I think every rider who finishes both races came out of the GP safely .... lets see how the rest of the season pans out, I doubt any top rider is going to go as slow as required to win...but happy to be proven wrong

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3/2/2020 11:50 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/2/2020 11:54 AM

teamddr wrote:

Herlings let it go in the second Moto
Pragmatism is part of his new arsenal
So we might not see that Bullet stuff to the title is decided
If TIGA beats him str8 up then that elevates his status for sure
Gonna be glued to this

kiwifan wrote:

Herlings let it go in the 2nd moto??? If TIGA beats him str8 up?? But Tiga did beat him stra8 up!!!! Like Herlings did in the 1st moto.

Tiga was on the ground twice and it’s only the first round
He’s gonna be on the ground again
Great kid and I really like him but he likes to kiss the floor to much
Herlings had to sit out all last year and if you listened to his interviews he’s fed up with lapping everybody one year and not even racing the next. One place Tiga has him hands down is injury proneness so it’s stupid to get into a “devil take the hindmost flat out dog fight with a very fast rider”

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3/2/2020 11:52 AM

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3/2/2020 11:55 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/2/2020 11:56 AM

When Herlings turns the tap fully on, his whole body language changes and everything goes into fast forward. At no time over the weekend did that happen. He won moto 1 at a fast cruise and took the points in moto 2 without breaking any sweat at all.
Boring. Effective.

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3/2/2020 12:00 PM

teamddr wrote:

Herlings let it go in the second Moto
Pragmatism is part of his new arsenal
So we might not see that Bullet stuff to the title is decided
If TIGA beats him str8 up then that elevates his status for sure
Gonna be glued to this

kiwifan wrote:

Herlings let it go in the 2nd moto??? If TIGA beats him str8 up?? But Tiga did beat him stra8 up!!!! Like Herlings did in the 1st moto.

teamddr wrote:

Tiga was on the ground twice and it’s only the first round
He’s gonna be on the ground again
Great kid and I really like him but he likes to kiss the floor to much
Herlings had to sit out all last year and if you listened to his interviews he’s fed up with lapping everybody one year and not even racing the next. One place Tiga has him hands down is injury proneness so it’s stupid to get into a “devil take the hindmost flat out dog fight with a very fast rider”

its the first round dude, the track was slippery as, no surprise some crashed, lets see how further rounds go before saying Tiga will crash a lot, he did win the title last year after a couple of early season crashes

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3/2/2020 12:00 PM

scottydogmx wrote:

He done exactly what he needed to do , which is win the gp safely and come out with a good amount of points above the competition.
As a fan it's nice to see riders at their fastest but not always necessary to win the championship.

That accident Tim had in the first Moto could have ended his season if he wasn't made of rubber!

I can't remember who said " You need to go as slow as you can to win" ( or something along that line)

Here's to a healthy season with great racing

hamncheeze wrote:

Gajser's ability to hit the ground and not end up destroyed is amazing. I can only think of JS7, who also did not get hurt too often despite his frequent soil samples.

scottydogmx wrote:

God I love Malin.

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3/2/2020 12:03 PM

kiwifan wrote:

Herlings let it go in the 2nd moto??? If TIGA beats him str8 up?? But Tiga did beat him stra8 up!!!! Like Herlings did in the 1st moto.

teamddr wrote:

Tiga was on the ground twice and it’s only the first round
He’s gonna be on the ground again
Great kid and I really like him but he likes to kiss the floor to much
Herlings had to sit out all last year and if you listened to his interviews he’s fed up with lapping everybody one year and not even racing the next. One place Tiga has him hands down is injury proneness so it’s stupid to get into a “devil take the hindmost flat out dog fight with a very fast rider”

kiwifan wrote:

its the first round dude, the track was slippery as, no surprise some crashed, lets see how further rounds go before saying Tiga will crash a lot, he did win the title last year after a couple of early season crashes

You could be right, I hope so like I said he’s a great kid and one of the best. All off them finishing safe would be my favourite result.

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3/2/2020 12:07 PM

ksithumper wrote:

When Herlings turns the tap fully on, his whole body language changes and everything goes into fast forward. At no time over the weekend did that happen. He won moto 1 at a fast cruise and took the points in moto 2 without breaking any sweat at all.
Boring. Effective.

Correct, I think his strategy is points at a safe speed. We might not see the 2018 herlings to the title is decided. He sounds like a guy that’s matured.

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3/2/2020 12:47 PM

Barrett57 wrote:

I'm a huge Herlings fan, but I think that he had nothing for Gajser in that second moto.

Gajser was on rails.

Fastest laptime of the day in moto1, while mx2 guys went faster in moto2( track was more dry in think). Herlings was riding at 80% maybe im sure.

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3/2/2020 12:53 PM

ksithumper wrote:

When Herlings turns the tap fully on, his whole body language changes and everything goes into fast forward. At no time over the weekend did that happen. He won moto 1 at a fast cruise and took the points in moto 2 without breaking any sweat at all.
Boring. Effective.

Exactly. His ability to speed up 3/4 seconds a lap is unreal. You saw it in moto 1 with Evans closing in and him pulling away 4 seconds in two sectors. In moto 2 you couldn’t see that. He was cautious and smart for once, which is needed to win this championship. Gajser did good moto 1 but had the same issue with that final corner crash. I think that Herlings has the pure raw speed during moto’s when the track is rough as hell. Even more than Gajser.

No bad thing about Gajser though, he really had an awesome moto in moto 2.

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