RE­AC­TION

Once the dust had set­tled on the Rea-davies spat MCN tried to find some calm, cool re­flec­tion... and failed!

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Jonathan Rea ‘It is his­tory now’

I un­der­stand he is frus­trated, of course, and I would be frus­trated, that is ac­cept­able,” said Rea. “I tried to talk like a nor­mal per­son but it wasn’t the time be­cause he was com­pletely in the red and frus­trated. What is not ac­cept­able is get­ting punched on the bike and we can­not set this ex­am­ple to young riders. I com­pletely un­der­stand but we have to be care­ful be­cause we are set­ting ex­am­ples to young kids. I got a big penalty so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if there are any reper­cus­sions af­ter that. The first word I said to him in Parc ferme was sorry that I got in your way but he was very frus­trated, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. I tried to re­main calm and for­get that, fo­cus on the race and it is his­tory now.”

Davies said ‘He just looks stupid’

“If I guy wants to stand there and deny, deny, deny when it is clear to ev­ery­body on the video what he did, he just looks stupid,” said Davies, long af­ter the in­ci­dent and race one had been com­pleted. Com­ment­ing on what was said to be a punch on Rea’s arm out on track, he re­tal­i­ated: “A punch… If he wants to see a punch I’ll show him a punch! Ob­vi­ously I am jok­ing, but it was more to get his at­ten­tion. He was look­ing be­hind again, he was look­ing around to his left I think to try to avoid me. If you watch the re­play he is look­ing the op­po­site way and I am say­ing ‘what are you do­ing man? You are cruis­ing on the line and I am go­ing for an­other fast lap on these tyres that are sup­posed to do three fast laps and see if I can do a bet­ter one.’ And he is there cruis­ing. You just do not ex­pect that from the world champ, but he ob­vi­ously be­lieves he is a cut above ev­ery­thing. I didn’t ac­cept (his hand) be­cause it took him 20 ex­cuses be­fore he ad­mit­ted he was on the line.”

Ernesto Marinelli Du­cati Corse

“I un­der­stand that Jonathan set the fastest lap but there were 11 peo­ple still on fast laps. For sure Johnny did not do it on pur­pose but at this level you need to be aware of that and be very care­ful. I think if you are on a cool down lap you need to make sure you are out of the way, if the che­quered flag is not out.”

Guim Roda Team Man­ager KRT

“I think Johnny was riding with­out any in­ten­tion of slow­ing down any­body. He re­ceived a penalty. I think Chaz hit­ting him on his ‘gas’ arm is a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion be­cause it could cause the hand to give gas, or what­ever. I can un­der­stand that Davies was an­gry but it is not jus­ti­fied to hit a rider on the track. So he should be pe­nalised in some way sim­i­lar to Johnny, if Dorna wants to show ev­ery­one it is be­ing fair.”

‘We are set­ting an ex­am­ple to kids so need to be care­ful’ ‘A punch? If he wants to see a punch, I’ll show him a punch’

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