Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings was on top of the world – literally and metaphorically – after banging out two race victories at yesterday’s MXGP of Trentino in Pietramurata to record his 70th GP win and take a clear lead in the title race.
“I really enjoyed my time here,” said the Dutchman. “For sure all the fans were rooting for Tony but that is normal – he is Italian, he is a legend in this sport – but still they cheered for me which was very respectful.
“I really like coming here – it was a great two days. I enjoyed it a lot and I am looking forward to Portugal in one week time.”
Belgian Clement Desalle was happy to put his Monster Energy Kawasaki on the podium in second.
“It was a good weekend, really consistent and I knew coming here that the start would be important,” he said. “Overall it is a really positive and consistent result – everything is going good and heading in the right way.”
Third-placed Tony Cairoli was clearly disappointed after failing to repeat his 2017 win at the venue.
“For the championship it is good to finish on the podium always but I know that we could have done better today,” said the defending champion.
“Jeffrey was very fast in the second race and I have to say that it was very difficult to beat him with his speed and consistency during the whole race. It was difficult but this is racing and next time we will try to be more consistent.”