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Rea 'thanked' by Ducati after Nurburgring

Jonathan Rea says Ducati Xerox team manager Davide Tardozzi thanked him for beating Ben Spies in the second race of the day at the Nurburgring, despite an earlier collision with rider Noriyuki Haga that would see the World Superbike title contender eliminated.

Arriving in Imola having penned an extension of his agreement with the Ten Kate Honda team, Rea and Haga came together whilst disputing the lead in Germany, the pair meeting on the apex of turn one when Haga ran wide and returned to the racing line to find Rea was already there.

Indeed, Rea admits he was stung by the controversy surrounding his victory, but maintains that will stand firm on the circumstances of the incident, reiterating that, while very unfortunate, he has a duty to race for himself and the team.

“I took a lot of pleasure reading through the comments, because you won't believe the amount of hate-mail I got from Italian and Ducati fans! I was on a higher pace than Haga in the early part of the race, so when I got to the front I made a move. Then Haga came back on the inside and ran wide off his apex, which created an opening for me.

“In typical Nori fashion, he closed the door quite sharply, but that's racing. He is a guy that gives as good as he gets. I was getting the Haga treatment at Misano when I was trying to hold him off.

“It is not just the duty for me to go out there and do my best, it is for my team too and I think they'd be p****d off if I didn't take my opportunities when I got them.”

Rea goes on to say that he attempted to find Haga following the race to explain what had happened, but said he was instead 'thanked' by Ducati Xerox team boss Tardozzi for holding off Ben Spies.

“I rang Davide and spoke to him and things were fine. I was thanked for beating Spies! We're not ballet dancers, this is a hard game. I've been on the receiving end before and not made a big song and dance about it, but it is tough at the top.”

Holding fourth in the World Superbike standings, Rea's win at the Nurburgring has also given him the impetus to launch a late challenge for third at the expense of Michel Fabrizio. Currently 44 points adrift of the Italian, Rea is also using the latter rounds of 2009 as a chance to prepare for next season.



Tagged as: Honda , Ducati , Nürburgring , Haga , Ten , Kate , Imola , Ben Spies

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Sweeble - Unregistered

September 25, 2009 10:57 AM

I've got to say that Jonathan's view of what happened at Nurburgring seems pretty balanced and mature, and it also seems to be backed up by team bosses. When I watch WSB, I want to see hard passing and racing, I really can't see why he has got so much flak for this. I think he is a talent on a par with Ben Spies, but is emerging more quietly due to the bike not being right at the start of the season.

VRob - Unregistered

September 25, 2009 12:18 PM

Seems that Jonathan behaved with a lot of dignity and professionalism in the aftermath of both this event and the incident where Robbin Harms torpedoed him out of title contention in last year's WSS race. His attitude and approach to racing are very commendable, and he seems a very level headed guy. Best of luck to him for the remainder of the year.



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