Rea beats Foggy!

‘Jonathan made a mis­take. He mis­judged it and is blam­ing me’

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Jonathan Rea takes 60th win to be great­est ever

It was sup­posed to be the per­fect end to a record-break­ing week­end for Jonathan Rea, but it all went off­script when the 60-time win­ner and team-mate Tom Sykes clashed on lap three of Race 2.

The two men have re­mained largely civil as team-mates, but Rea was fu­ri­ous with Sykes af­ter the in­ci­dent. Rea dived through at Turn 12 only for Sykes to close off the line, the in­evitable con­tact send­ing the world cham­pion into the gravel trap.

“It’s not cool to get taken out,” Rea said with a smile, but only af­ter his on­board cam­era showed him sar­cas­ti­cally ap­plaud­ing Sykes from the side lines. “We have to move on and rise above it. I touched his rear wheel in the last corner when he closed the door. Then he rode into me at Turn 12. When oth­ers pass Tom he lets them go. When I pass him, he counter at­tacks. I showed him my front wheel, he knew I was com­ing. Then he ru­ined my race. He gave Laverty room, but de­cided to run into me. I can’t un­der­stand what is go­ing on in Tom’s brain. It’s mad­ness.”

Sykes had a dif­fer­ent view, with Race Di­rec­tion declar­ing it a rac­ing in­ci­dent. “Jonathan made a mis­take. He was too quick into the corner. You can see from the video that my line does not change. He mis­judged it and is now blam­ing me. It’s cer­tainly not my fault.”

Sykes later crashed when he lost the rear at Turn 10, a vic­tim to the plus 50-de­gree track tem­per­a­tures. He re­mounted to fin­ish 16th.

Sykes couldn’t take ad­van­tage of Rea’s crash, fin­ish­ing 16th

A 61st race win was not to be – this time

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