Jonathan Rea defends himself from the Ducati accusations. For Alvaro Bautista he would have voluntarily caused the accident in race 2.
A fuss is raised about the Superbike championship after the last race at Magny Cours, marked by the fall of Alvaro Bautista after a contact with Jonathan Rea. The six-time Kawasaki world champion has committed a maneuver to the limit, according to Ducati over the limit, but for the FIM commissioners it is a race accident to be sanctioned with a Long Lap Penalty.
Johnny suffers the penalty and loses about 2.5 ″, loses the race for the podium but takes home a 5th place that is worth gold for the classification. But the focus is all on what happened in turn 15 shortly after the start, with Alvaro Bautista passed and then landed. Willingly or unintentionally? For the Borgo Panigale team it would have been an intentional gesture to be punished with the black flag. But Rea sends every accusation back to the sender.
Jonathan Rea responds to Ducati
In France he once again had to deal with the limits of his own Ninja ZX-10RR, must push hard to keep up with Bautista and Razgatlioglu. Then the episode that stains the weekend. “I went inside, he got back on his line and we touched“Explained the Kawasaki champion. “Unfortunately it fell, I’m very sorry. It was not my intention, I want to make it clear. There was no bad intention on my part … I went to him to apologize. I gave him my version and he gave him his“.
But Ducati considered the Long Lap Penalty to be negligible and turned to FIM Court of Appeal near Geneva. “Everyone can have their opinion, but my point of view must also be considered. It’s sad that they feel that way. Maybe it’s because the emotions are soaring, but that’s racing“. The leader of the standings is 47 points when there are five Grands Prix left at the end of the SBK World Championship, but what happened in France will continue to be on the bench for a long time to come.
In the end Jonathan Rea he replies to the accusations of the men in red. “It is quite ignorant and disrespectful to say that I did it on purpose. The referee could have sanctioned me with a more severe penalty. But it was a racing accident. I accept his point of view, but it’s his, not mine. I don’t have to say more to convince someone of my innocence, I can’t undo what happened“.