Back on talk­ing terms

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Af­ter the in­fa­mous Assen Su­per­pole bust-up where Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies spec­tac­u­larly fell out, Imola showed that the tem­pers had now cooled when the two men shook hands af­ter Davies’ race one win.

When MCN asked Davies if he and Rea made up af­ter the open­ing race, Chaz replied, “I wouldn’t say we had kissed and made up but I ap­pre­ci­ated that he shook my hand there, which was af­ter all that has gone on af­ter Assen, a nice ges­ture from him. I think that we both have to be men about it and move on.”

Sport­ing ri­val­ries will al­ways breed con­flict though, as Davies noted: “We are the big­gest com­peti­tors, so it is nor­mal that we are not best of bud­dies and I do not think we will be as long as we are fight­ing against each other. I prob­a­bly won’t be go­ing for a beer with him any time soon, but I think the re­spect has to be there be­tween us in rac­ing.

“That is what I felt was miss­ing in Assen, a lit­tle bit. As long as the re­spect is there then I’m happy and I’ll take my hat off to him when he wins. It was a nice ges­ture from him to­day.”

‘I won’t be go­ing for a beer with him any time soon’ CHAZ DAVIES

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