Published on 01 Jun 2011 by Toni M.
Let’s specify upfront that the incident between Jonathan Rea and Max Biaggi during race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park was just a racing incident and since the cameras didn’t catch it we can only speculate on who was right and who was wrong, unless the Race Direction decides to release footage from circuit feeds or from onboard cameras like the did in regards to Max Biaggi’s penalty after cutting the chicane at Monza.
While both riders were still floundering in the trackside mud, Rea was the one who was more visibily irked about the crash blaming Biaggi - you don’t have to an expert in body language or have watched Lie to Me to have understood it.
Biaggi who picked up a cracked rib in the crash said it was Rea’s fault, while he was sitting sidelined in his garage watching the final laps of the race and Honda’s Carlo Fiorani reported that Rea told him it was Biaggi’s fault.
The Northern Irishman in the Castrol Honda press release was quoted as saying “I was the victim of a very intimidating attempt at a pass that went wrong and we both fell down” and also Tweeted “That looked promising until I got Simoncelli’d!” a clear reference to the Simoncelli/Pedrosa incident at Le Mans, which has recently degenerated into threats towards the Gresini rider.
Apparently Biaggi didn’t like that the words ‘intimidated’ nor ‘Simoncelli’d ‘and responded to Rea’s accusations via his personal website.
“Hi everybody, I wanted to write something nice, but for the moment I can’t. The first race lasted only one lap because Rea cut me down, I was wiped out and that ended any opportunity to fight for the podium. I’ve overlooked the incident because it was fairly obvious how the crash happened. But after reading here and there, it seems that Rea thinks he was right and that I caused the crash… and that’s crazy stuff! However I’d like to give him a suggestion and hopefully he will accept it, ’sometimes recognizing your mistakes makes you grow and this makes you more highly regarded by your colleagues’.”
Lately Biaggi likes to play life coach, first with Melandri and now Rea, but really what they should both do is get over it.