Cairoli led the whole race and had a three second gap on Herlings until a mistake let Herlings smell blood. Herlings made the move but Cairoli got him back before Herlings made the move again and Cairoli ended up on the deck with just three laps to go as the gloves finally came off the duelling Red Bull KTM duo.
Herlings said of the pass: “The track is like Teutschenthal, very tough to pass, I just want to give my best. I never meant to touch him. I am one of those riders that doesn’t like contact. I wanted to get in front of him and make the turn but we. It’s went in the turn together and we clipped each other and I’m sorry for that. I never wanted to touch him but it’s part of racing.”
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