Rea & Davies clash at Assen
Davies furious after Superpole clash and refuses to accepts Rea’s apology
The lid that had been holding down the growing animosity between Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea in WSB got ripped off in Superpole qualifying at Assen.
Having set the fastest ever Superbike lap of the Dutch circuit moments earlier, Rea throttled off as he headed back to the pits, thinking he had left enough room for the following Davies to get through. Davies, going for a final fast lap, arrived at pace and found Rea in his way, and was forced to take avoiding action to prevent a collision.
With Rea looking back on the inside Davies slapped Rea’s right arm as he went past, and they gesticulated to each other as they came back to the Superpole parc ferme.
They then argued, highly publicly, as the TV cameras looked on, and Rea was later penalised for his role and dropped back three grid places for race one – in which the two had a titanic battle until Davies’ Ducati cut out on the penultimate lap.
Davies was not penalised, despite his slap on Rea, but the damage had been done, and it was the biggest talking point of the weekend.
Rea won that race, after a close but very fair fight with Davies, who had to endure more points loss and heartbreak as his bike’s electronics packed up with just a lap to go.
TV cameras and microphones picked up some of the Superpole pitlane fracas, with the following exchange being caught on camera, after Davies made it plain he had to take avoiding action and thought Rea had not done enough to give him a clear track.
Chaz: “Well f**k off out of the way then.” Rea: “I was out of the way. Get over it Chaz, get over it.” Chaz: “You were parked in the middle of the track. If it was anybody else you could kick him off. Spoiled little prick you are.” Rea: “It’s you that looks like the spoiled little prick.” Chaz (bowing sarcastically): “Sorry Johnny sorry mate. We will all kiss your ass mate, it’s alright.”
‘I do not accept your apology because it took you long enough to get there’ CHAZ DAVIES ‘I am sorry I disturbed your lap but I don’t want to be punched’ JONATHAN REA
Rea approaches but, Chaz refuses to shake his hand: Rea: “I am trying to give you an apology.” Chaz: “You are clearly not because you don’t feel like you have done anything wrong.” Rea: “Because you’re attacking me…” Chaz: “I am not attacking you – if you had just said sorry mate I was in your way then…” Rea: “You are attacking me on the bike and attacking me with words now. I am sorry that I disturbed your lap but I don’t want to be punched or shouted at in Parc Ferme. I don’t want to be called a spoiled brat. I am really sorry. Let’s shake hands and get over this.”
Davies refuses his hand for a second time: “I do not accept your apology because it took you long enough to get there.”
Rea and Davies managed to smile on the second race podium A fair fight in race one followed a major spat after Superpole