Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team won the Italian GP in the lion’s den. He rode a flawless two heats for full points on the day and a ten point championship lead over Antonio Cairoli.
Herlings was set on revenge after finishing second at the Spanish GP. He was convincing during qualifying, and won the qualifying race .
Herlings was at the front from early on in both races, which eased his task a lot. In the first heat he led from Clement Desalle and gradually built up a big gap.
In the second race, Antonio Cairoli had the early lead, but Herlings quickly came by. He fended off Cairoli’s attentions, and again built a handy lead to claim the second victory.
“It started well for me on Saturday with the fastest qualifying time. We’ve also been working on my starts, and this weekend it worked for me. We looked at the starts of good launchers like Cairoli, Coldenhoff and Anstie. I made it difficult for myself in earlier GP’s with bad starts. This is not my favourite track, but i still did well today. The fans of course supported Tony, but it was still fun. I am physically strong right now, and this helped me to get some distance late in the race. “
Jeffrey leads the world championship series by ten points over Cairoli after four rounds. The series continues at Agueda in Portugal next weekend.