Redbull Motorspots / See Herlings storm to Red Bull Knock Out victory
Redbull Motorspots / See Herlings storm to Red Bull Knock Out victory

Redbull Motorspots / See Herlings storm to Red Bull Knock Out victory

Heavyweight Jeffrey Herlings races to victory as he K.O.s the competition at Red Bull Knock Out.

Three times MX2 world champion Jeffrey Herlings scored a thumping great victory on the beaches of Holland, beating 1000 riders to win Red Bull Knock Out 2016.

Having won the qualifying race in the morning in style, Herlings was absolutely unstoppable in the final, blasting through the field to victory on a testing 5km track laid out on the beach at The Hague in The Netherlands.

Already hailed as the best sand rider in the world, Herlings brought his championship year to a spectacular end with a masterclass in sand racing. It was a popular home victory for the fans, as Herlings became the first Dutchman to win the Knock Out since Marc De Reuver in 2006.

But while Herlings led the way, behind him a dramatic race unfolded in the sands.

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Coldenhoff and Watson fight it out

The opening lap saw Herlings take the lead from defening champion, Axel van de Sande, and his KTM Factory Racing team-mate Glenn Coldenhoff, with Steve Ramon in close attention. After less than 10 minutes of racing, Herlings had already opened up a 19 second lead.

Fellow Dutchman Coldenhoff passed van de Sande on the following lap, with the Belgian veteran Ramon, himself a winner here in 2008, taking third place and defying his 36 years to keep in touch with the two Dutchmen.

While Herlings scythed his way through the field to maintain a convincing lead, the battle for second and third heated up.

After Coldenhoff’s pitstop at middle distance, Ramon took over second place and started to dig deep trying to open a gap. As the course claimed Van De Sande and Jamie McCanney, Coldenhoff closed in, but Britain’s Nathan Watson suddenly loomed large in his rearview mirrors, taking third place briefly before pitting for more fuel…

TO BE CONTINUED

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