World Superbike: Ducati needs additional punishment for Rea

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Kawasaki rider Rea was on the centre of controversy on the French monitor after colliding with Bautista’s Ducati at Chateau d’Eau on the second lap of the race whereas making an attempt to move for second behind eventual winner Toprak Razgatlioglu.

The transfer put Bautista within the gravel and out of the race whereas Rea was capable of proceed after serving a long-lap penalty, ultimately ending fifth.

It meant Rea was capable of achieve again 11 of the factors he had misplaced to Bautista earlier within the weekend along with his crash in Saturday’s opener, which was solely unaided, with the hole between the pair now standing at 47 factors with 5 rounds to go.

In a uncommon interview with the official World Superbike web site, Ducati technical director Marco Zambenedetti echoed the opinions of his rider Bautista, calling Rea’s overtaking try “harmful” and a poor instance to youthful riders.

He went on to state that the punishment of a long-lap penalty was inadequate provided that Rea was nonetheless capable of end the race and take factors off Bautista.

“We don’t count on a six-time world champion to make use of this sort of manoeuvre,” stated Zambenedetti, “particularly as lately everyone is making an attempt to provide the most effective message to the youthful riders to have extra truthful competitors and fewer aggression on-track. 

“I respect what the stewards have determined [long-lap penalty], however we predict that the message [sent out], the sanction given to Jonathan just isn’t commensurate with the manoeuvre he used. Younger riders are pressured to resort to this bodily strategy to race. 

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“I believe the sanction have to be way more. Lastly, he completed the race fifth, he gained some factors within the championship with respect to Alvaro. This isn’t what we count on, and we count on to have some extra sanctions within the subsequent races for Jonathan.”


Zambendetti went on to make clear that he agreed with Bautista’s evaluation that Rea’s transfer was a deliberate act.

“I’m completely consistent with Alvaro, and I believe everybody that has seen the TV is consistent with Alvaro’s evaluation,” he stated.

Rea himself responded to Zambenedetti’s remarks, calling the accusation that he hit Bautista on objective “fairly an uneducated and disrespectful factor to say”.

The Ulsterman continued: “Race path have much more and harsher penalties that they might apply in the course of the race: double lengthy lap, triple lengthy lap, black flag, ride-through penalty. 

“I settle for their standpoint, [but] it is their standpoint. It isn’t mine. I haven’t got to talk anymore making an attempt to show my innocence. 

“I am racing exhausting for my place. There was a racing accident and it occurred. I took a penalty. I’ve to take that penalty on the chin as a result of I am unable to flip it again and do the race once more, so I did my lengthy lap penalty and I continued on with the race. 

“It is unlucky they suppose like that, but it surely’s not actuality.”

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