MXGP Ottobiano: KTM dominate even without Herlings

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Picture: Red Bull KTM/Ray Archer

Even with world championship leader Jeffrey Herlings out injured with a broken collarbone, Red Bull KTM still dominated the MXGP of Lombardia.

Defending champion Tony Cairoli had a great weekend at his home GP, scoring a double win and closing the gap to his team-mate to just 12 points as the championship moved into its second half.

“I’m really happy with the weekend,” he said. “Unfortunately, Jeffrey got injured but this is something that can happen to any of us. We have been going at a very high speed.

“This weekend was good for the championship because we could come very close. It was important to have a good result in front of my home crowd and with two good motos. The second one was a good show – racing at home brings a lot of pressure but it is also nice to give the fans a win. They gave me a big push.”

The team’s dominance extended to the MX2 class where Jorge Prado took the overall with a two-one scorecard to close to within nine points of his team-mate and defending champion Pauls Jonass.

Last year the young Spaniard suffered from heat exhaustion at the Italian circuit which made winning the second race even sweeter for him.

“It was an incredible weekend,” he said. “I cannot say it was unexpected because I have worked so hard and waited a whole year to come back here and prove people wrong.

“At the end of the second moto I was so happy because it was so, so tough. It was very physically demanding so to win a race like this makes me happy. It gives me the motivation to keep training. This is almost the hardest conditions we can have and if we can survive this then other races will be easier.”