Jeffrey Herlings started the World Championship in the MXGP class on Sunday with a second place in the Russian Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old motocross rider had to settle for a fourth place in the first moto and a second place in the second moto at the Orlyonok track.

The victory in the GP of Russia went to Tim Gajser.

The 2019 and 2020 world champion was by far the best in both motos.

The Slovenian now has ten points more in the standings than Herlings, the world champion of 2018 (fifty to forty).

Herlings had to fight back from eleventh position in the first moto after a poor start.

He overtook Italian Alessandro Lupino towards the end of the race to finish fourth.

In the second moto the rider from Brabant was quickly in third place and he stayed there for a long time until Antonio Cairoli crashed in front of him and had to retire with a broken engine.

The MXGP will be held in Oss on July 18. The race in Noord-Brabant was actually supposed to be held on May 23, but due to the corona pandemic, a new date had to be found. The event in Oss is therefore the fifth Grand Prix weekend of this season.