Two weeks have passed since the Magny-Cours controversy, but the tensions between Alvaro Bautista And Jonathan Rea they do not seem to have remained in France. The back and forth between the Spaniard of Ducati and the Northern Irishman of Kawasaki, protagonists of the much talked about contact that in France led to the fall of the Borgo Panigale manufacturer, held the ground in the long approach to the Barcelona round. Then, once they hit the track for the first free practice session, the two title contenders – together with reigning champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – immediately found each other on track. Rea also sank a rather decisive overtaking on the Spaniard, rekindling a nervousness that appeared only mitigated by the subsequent press statements of the two.
“We weren’t supposed to leave the pit lane at the same time – Rea explained – but I am grateful for these laps that we have done together, because we have been able to learn something. It was good information. I have seen where it is strong and where it is weakest. I shared all of this with my team so that we could improve our bike“. However, the Kawasaki rider denied that this ‘chase’, as well as the overtaking attempted in turn 10 but not completed, are part of a mind-game strategy designed to upset Bautista. “Honestly, I was quite nervousor – Rea ironed – I didn’t want to touch him and live with the aftermath of an accident again“.
“At Magny-Cours we only did one lap, so here we tried to continue that race – commented Bautista jokingly – it was fun because I knew I had a lot of riders behind me. Honestly, I didn’t know what they were. At a certain point I saw Jonathan pass me in the braking zone of Turn 10. But he threw himself in like crazy, it had the front tire on one side and the rear tire on the other. In the end, however, it was just a game. It was fun because the next lap, when I saw her behind me, I did my best lap. I wanted to show him all the secrets of the track “ironically concluded the leader of the world rankings.
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