The WSBK resumes its championship this weekend in Catalonia in an atmosphere that has deteriorated between two of the three protagonists for the crown, in this case Jonathan Rea and Álvaro Bautista. Their collision in race 2 of the last round at Magny-Cous brought their relationship into open conflict that is sure to last for a while. The two pilots acted as if they no longer respected each other. And what will happen on the track?
the title in WSBK currently it is played by three since, to the two mentioned above, we must add the name of the current World Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu. The paradox is that the latter, known for his virile excesses, is not in a state of confusion, while since Magny-Cours there is a real dispute between the official kawasaki and its counterpart from a factory Ducati who was willing to drag the rival six times World Champion before the court to repair…
The sponge about these incidents did not pass when it came to Catalonia. On the contrary, he claims and assumes the rupture between the two men. jonathan rea says so: about the incident with Bautista, for my part, nothing is going to change because I have to fight a lot to be in this incredible battle right now with two other strong rivals, but of course the atmosphere has deteriorated a bit with a lot of things that happen and have been said in the wake, in the heat of the moment “.
The Championship is getting tighter. The fight is getting more and more intense.
Who can handle the pressure?
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Jonathan Rea: I lost a lot of respect for him and the way he handled the situation. »
He adds : ” there is a point where you overtake a driver and in that kind of case there is a point of impact and you have to be prepared like the guys inside. It was a clear move, not an intentional strike to disengage him. he he knows. At the moment the championship is so competitive with different manufacturers that we have to step up. The team knows this and we are working very hard to try to make it so. “. And ends with his words without any ambiguity: I lost a lot of respect for him and the way he handled the situation. I came to apologize immediately after and were fully accepted. Nevertheless, i saw the aftermath and the things that were said that are completely untrue “.
Alvaro Bautista answered laconically: “There is no special relationship. She told me her point of view and I told her mine, but that’s it. Races are races and the past is the past. Jonathan and I were not the best of friends in the paddock, so the relationship will remain the same! “The reunion in the race is likely to be electric…
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