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WSB: Handbags out as Rea and Davies clash after qualifying

Published: 29 April 2017

Jonathan Rea has been penalised three grid places after a controversial coming together with rival Chaz Davies towards the end of this morning’s second Superpole session.

After completing his record breaking pole lap, Rea appeared to get in the way of Davies who was still on a flying lap in the dying moments of the session. Less than impressed, the Welshman whacked the Kawasaki rider as he passed before a war of words ensued between the duo in parc fermé.

“You stayed on three quarters of the track, I don’t know how tight a line you can pull out of that left but I’m three quarters of the track out there,” Davies spat at Rea.

“How was I in your way going through that left,” the Ulsterman responded.

Davies hit back to say: “You were in the way mid-way and on the exit, I had to pick it up because you were three quarters across the track, if I didn’t I’d have cleaned you out you prick!”

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“I was on the outside of the track,” Rea defended himself but Davies was having none of it: “Well next time I’ll smash you from the inside and we’ll see what happens. I had to pick it up because you were three quarters across the track, if I didn’t I’d have cleaned you out you prick!”

Rea sarcastically responds by saying “that won’t be clever will it?” before the conversation is bluntly ended by Davies with a curt “Well f**k off out the way then!”  

The pair were taken to race direction where it was ruled that Rea’s move was unsportsmanlike and the Ulsterman penalised three grid places, meaning he’ll start this afternoon’s opening race from fourth, moving Sykes up to pole ahead of Davies with Milwaukee Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori promoted to the front row. 

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