Jonathan Rea has hit out on the restrictions positioned on followers wishing to attend the WorldSBK Championship at Donington Park this weekend in gentle of the identical venue being given the inexperienced gentle to welcome considerably extra for a pageant earlier within the month.
The sequence visits the UK for Spherical 4 of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship season this weekend, the primary to happen since 2019 after final 12 months’s occasion was cancelled as a result of COVID-19.
Nevertheless, after the newest plan to ease lockdown restrictions was pushed again, the choice was taken to restrict spectators to 4,000 followers. That is in keeping with the restrictions at present enforced within the British Superbike Championship, run by MSVR who additionally personal Donington Park.
Even so, Donington Park itself has hosted extra individuals just lately on the Obtain music pageant, the place 10,000 extra tightly-packed revellers attended as a part of the UK Authorities’s pilot check for permitting massive occasions to go forward.
In the meantime, it has been introduced the F1 British Grand Prix is planning to go forward with a full capability 140,000 spectators, which might make it the nation’s greatest check but as regards to gatherings for the reason that COVID-19 outbreak.
It’s a double normal that has left six-time WorldSBK Champion Rea ‘dumbfounded’, saying motorsport is affected by an absence of spectators and stating having massive numbers unfold over an enormous space is extra logical than having extra individuals in a stadium atmosphere.
“I actually do not perceive who makes this up, it is comical,” Rea advised the BBC. “In case you are dubbed a check occasion you may create your individual guidelines, however we’re the place we’re. You must realise we’re nonetheless not out of the woods in these Covid-19 occasions.
“Motorsport wants followers and we have to get again to some form of normality. I feed off the environment at tracks and I can not wait to get that feeling again,” mentioned Rea, who leads the 2021 championship earlier than his residence spherical.
“Donington Park has lots of of acres of area the place you could possibly apply social distancing and followers to be aside from the bubble within the paddock.
“I am a fan of sport so it’s actually robust whenever you draw a line and say an occasion can have this however one other can solely have that.
“You may’t try this inside a stadium but we’re seeing packed grounds now. It’s actually unusual. I am completely happy for the followers who’re allowed again and might go and cheer on their crew, however it’s irritating for individuals who are lacking out.”