The controversy surrounding what happened in Jerez between Bautista and Carrasco is spreading. On social media Redding intervened in favor of Ana and clashed with Sykes, who instead supports Bautista
January 30, 2023
The controversy between Alvaro Bautista and Ana Carrasco does not subside, but it is no longer the two Spaniards who add fuel to the fire, but the English: Scott Redding and Tom Sykes, who joked on social media mutual arguments and accusations.
The BMW driver is not new to sensational outings. Scott always says what he thinks, but I have to say that he doesn’t always think before he speaks, and often prefers to let himself get caught up in the heat of the moment. One above all: Most 2021. On Friday Redding lashes out heavily on the dangerousness of the track, declaring that falling in Most could end his career. Declarations that disappear in the following two days, when the then Ducati rider climbs to the second step of the podium twice and wins the third.
On what happened in Jerez he definitely sided with Carrasco. “Ohhh Alvaro. Ana hasn’t been a problem for anyone else. You are a world champion and you should be able to ride the bike on the track together with the others. You have been ruthless to one of the few women in the sport.”
Tom Sykes answered him and wrote: “Scott show me where Álvaro used the gender difference card. Because you seem to manipulate and use this card when it suits you. And all this does nothing but give a negative side to a World Championship and two World Champions. Nobody has a problem until the problem arises, this is true – continued Tom – but I too was very close to making a mistake! To say Alvaro was ruthless to one of the few women in the sport is a low blow Scott. Ana Carrasco is a world champion and a woman. I was very close to her when she won the title, with support and interest. So let’s stop this nonsense. Ana knows I respect her. If anything, you’re the one trying to use her image of her and her gender to prove something. She looks at how much she manipulates things to get there.”
No less dry is the reply from the BMW driver. Referring to the fact that he risked making a mistake, Scott wrote: “But you are a monster in braking. You probably almost ran over everyone!”. While to respond to Sykes’ statements: “First you essentially said that Ana is an amateur and agreed with Álvaro, but then you said that she was a World Champion and that you supported her. So what happens? Are all world champions amateurs? Or is it just Ana?“.
Controversy within the controversy. Apparently Redding is very sensitive to everything concerning Bautista, obviously starting with the famous question of the weight of the Spaniard, to now continue with the Carrasco affair. Evidently the Englishman didn’t like that the Spaniard replaced him in the official Ducati team and that he immediately won the world title with the same bike as him. Which he hadn’t been able to do in two years. A raw nerve also confirmed by his statement in 2022, in which he claimed that Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu are superior to the Spaniard, who wins mainly thanks to his reduced weight. Incorrect – in my opinion – his reply to Sykes, who never spoke of Scott as a rider, while he accused him of running over the other riders in braking. As for his joke about the World Champions, since he’s the only one of Bautista, Carrasco and Sykes who hasn’t won a world title, let’s hope that one day he will too, so he can answer for himself.
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