I oversimplified the second beat of the 2nd and 4th measure. This is the corrected tab that is much more accurate in those areas. https://od.lk/s/MF85NjA1MjM0MF8/riff.tef Keep in mind that on the 3rd beat of the 2nd and 4th measure, he lightly hits the B and D strings while focusing on the G string. If you watch his right hand in those moments, you will see that his picking hand strum a little wide (thus hitting the B and D string along with the G).
When I said it felt clumsy to me, I did not mean that I didn’t like it, just that I found it clumsy to play (my own short comings with this genre of music).
Many years ago, I mentioned to a guitar student of mine that the reason any great guitarist makes playing guitar look easy, is because it is… to them. To Eric Clapton, what he plays looks easy, while to John Williams, what he plays on the guitar looks easy. The reason it looks that way is because it is easy FOR THEM. But if you were to ask John Williams to play Eric’s stuff and visa versa, they would both have a difficult time (certainly at first). The reason is that each of us has our own technical strengths and weaknesses. We generally play to our strengths; those things that we find easy.
So although I find that certain riff clumsy, it does not diminish his ability or technique, it says more about my weaknesses on the instrument. That is why I would have played it differently.