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MXGP Redsand: Poor starts continue to dog Herlings

Red Bull KTM continued its dominance of the MXGP class at round three of the FIM Motocross World Championship at Redsand in Spain on Sunday.

The factory team has now finished 1-2 in all six MXGP motos held so far this season with honours equal between defending champion Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings.

“I am really happy about the weekend,” said Cairoli, who ran 1-1 yesterday to retake the series lead on a tie-break. “We are still searching for the best bike set-up but we are going the right way and we made some good changes.


“Everything went well here in Spain. It is my 84th GP win so it is very nice and the season is going really good and I am happy to fight with Jeffrey.”

Cairoli’s incredible starts – and Herlings’ less-than-impressive form out of the gate – have played a major part in the Italian’s results and it’s a fact that’s not lost on his young Dutch challenger.

“At this track I definitely wanted to win but both starts I messed up,” he said. “Hopefully we can improve and start with the guy next to me instead of trying to fight my way through the pack first before I get there. I think once the starts are better we will be in a lot better position.”

A pair of fourth-placed finishes earned Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle the third step on the podium.

“If you don’t have a good start most of the tracks are really difficult to make a good result because the class is really competitive,” said the Belgian. “The top eight or 10 guys are at a really high level. I feel positive for the beginning of the season.”

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