MXGP Portugal: Herlings tones down after TV outburst

Picture: Red Bull KTM/Ray Archer

Following a comment he made for the TV cameras immediately after moto two criticising his team-mate Tony Cairoli for coming across him on the start straight, Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings had toned down his opinion at the MXGP of Portugal’s post-race press conference.

“It was a perfect weekend, perfect starts, it can’t be any better – same as last weekend and I just want to keep it going this way,” said the much more diplomatic Dutchman, making no mention of the Italian’s tactics.

“I have so much motivation in the tank to keep going, I feel like we are a good position right now and I can’t wait for Russia already.”

Agueda marked Cairoli’s 150th career podium but he knows he has work to do if he’s going to beat Herlings to this year’s title.

“I feel good, it is a good championship but it is very difficult,” said the nine-time world champion. “You know it is always me or Jeffrey at the moment and it is difficult to stay in front always. I’m looking forward to another race in two weeks and I’m going to try to build up to a better physical condition.”

The final step on the podium was filled by Team HRC’s former champion Tim Gajser whose comeback from injury continues to pick up pace.

“Obviously I’m really happy to be back on the podium,” said the Slovenian. “I felt good throughout the weekend – the track was very technical with many lines available and I enjoyed it a lot. This is a very important result after a rough start to the year so I want to thank my team who helped me getting back near the front. I feel like our season is starting now so I look forward to Russia.”

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