WSBK » Rea wins after last corner chaos

Jonathan Rea wins at Donington Park, but is involved in a clash with Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri at the final corner that eliminates both BMW riders.

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Simon says! - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 10:05 PM

This settles it I think....... "It could easily have been two double podiums for us. I was in the lead, but Marco got in much too quick on both the last two corners. I didn't brake too hard and too late, but he came from a long way back and I had to lift off. I went to close the line, but Jonathan was there. Marco knows it was a big mistake. I don't blame Johnny. Obviously there are no team orders with BMW - Marco and I are both going for the championship, and that's racing," said Haslam, speaking to at Donington Park.

prezioso - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 11:05 PM

@ cm,vr46. so rea gets to ride a shed of a honda,with little or no factory help,so what does he do with it,he rides it hard,bins it, wins it,has a good pop at it,and thanks honda,what does vr46 do ,when he gets a new ducati,with the whole factory doing everything they can,i canna not ride thez bike, it notta handle well,i cannot ride theza bike, then slates his team. just give that gp duke to rea ,and then watch,and listen

josh - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 12:15 AM

I agree with you half the fans on here never saw the race, they are just assuming things by looking at the photo, and as you said melandri was well wide of haslam,that was haslams corner at the point of impact,rea was not even half way up haslams inside it was reas fault ,he went in too hot and t boned haslam, if haslam wasnt there,rea never makes the corner anyway because he would of went wide,and rea was not holding his line as a lot on here suggest, and did anybody who did watch the race hear the comments of steve martin, who never had the cajones to lay blame, all he said was he is not making a comment,he knew who was wrong, and then goes on to say, that that is not reas style of riding,as he is level headed fair racer, i nearly fell of the lounge laughing,short memories for sure,lol

Freddie - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 4:16 AM

I have been playing that last corner incident over and over again in slow motion, and here's what it looks like to me:
--Melandri was a bonehead, but he didn't cause anything-- he was well past Haslam before the normal turn-in point for that corner, so Haslam didn't have to alter his line for Melandri
--Rea appeared to be lining up some sort of block pass on Haslam-- he was all the way down on the curb and well inside the normal race line, looking to get inside Haslam and stand him up (much like he did to Biaggi in the previous corner
--Haslam took the normal late apex line through that corner, but Rea (having hugged the curb and apexed super-early) was now pushing out into the race line, out of view of Haslam
--As Haslam approached the normal apex, Rea (now drifting outward) runs into him, knocking him down, and (ironically) allowing Rea to actually make the correct apex

So, my CSI-like analysis shows:
--Melandri didn't cause anything
--Haslam stayed on the normal line the whole way

Jon Rea - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 4:49 AM

It was Haslam's fault for having his bike where I wanted to put my bike! What a silly fool, surely he should know to run wide and wave me through by now or I'll ram into him. Its not like I haven't done it before.. Sheesh


May 14, 2012 5:52 AM

How can one blame Melandri or Haslam for this. It's idiotic. Some years ago Kenan had barged Laverty out of the way at Miller and people were calling for his head for much less (Laverty hadn't fallen and neither lost a further place in the remaining corners). And now Rea goes ahead and does worse, and gets praised ?!? It's the overtaking rider's responsibility to make it as clean as possible, Rea's fault here, fair and square. I don't think he should've been stripped of the win, but he definitely deserves some sort of penalty for this, maybe a grid drop or something.

some1 - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 6:03 AM

Not a SBK fan but after watching the last turn video repeatedly, Haslam is the mobile hazard. Neither Melandri or Rea were at fault causing danger to anybody.

But you can't say the same for Haslam. He didn't stay on his line or make himself aware if his sudden move to any direction would hit anybody else. Rea win was legit whoever he is.

Melandri fault only to upset the top group rhythms but it's what he suppose to do as long as he didn't hit anyone. Still within the safety riding perimeters.

Haslam is the guilty party. He is still behave like a back marker within the top group that operating a well sorted bike.

ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 9:19 AM

the fault is Melandri, just for be honest and try to push for victory some turns ago, the fault also is
of Haslam for change race line before call his lawyer to say that they should call Reas lawyers to discuss about WHO IS FIRS AND INSIDE? because he has the fault of stay ahead Rea

for sure Rea is innocent, he never do nothing, just follow, touch, and win, easy!! the Honda Golden Boy
go to hell!

now go to hell, MIND TRICKLY LIERS,

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