Jonathan Rea was in a phlegmatic mood despite seeing his World Supersport title hopes end when he was innocently brought down in a collision between himself and Robbin Harms.

Having closed the gap to Andrew Pitt down to 11 points heading into the penultimate round at Magny-Cours, Rea was eager to put more pressure on his team-mate by winning in France from second on the grid.

Involved in a close fight for the lead with Pitt and several other riders, Rea found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when Harms attempted a pass on Broc Parkes at the Adelaide hairpin, the Dane instead clipping the rear of Rea's bike.

Sending Rea to the floor, although he got up again and rejoined, it was only good enough to get him back up to tenth place.

Nonetheless, Rea has chalked the incident down to one that often occurs in racing, instead taking the time praise Pitt on his title success.

"I felt I could have run at whatever pace I wanted today. I just found it difficult to pass Andrew down the straights and I doubt I would have broken away. I'll put what happened down as a racing incident, and I'm not one to bear a grudge - it's just a shame I won't be able to battle for the title in Portugal.

"But congratulations to Andrew, who's been on it all season. He's a worthy champion and I'm really happy for him and the whole team."

Harms, meanwhile, has apologised to Rea after admitting he missed his braking point coming into the hairpin.

"On lap nine I missed my braking point. I thought I could save it, but instead I ran into Rea in front of me. I'm really sorry that it happened. It was not my intention at all, it was just an honest mistake. I got back in the race and managed to finish in 15th place, but I don't feel it was a good weekend for us."



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