Bagnaia went 4 tenths away from the sphere along with his remaining Q2 lap of 1m38.494s, which smashed the prevailing Algarve Worldwide Circuit lap document and would have secured him his second pole in three rounds.
Nevertheless, Bagnaia – who took his first MotoGP pole on the 2021 season-opening Qatar GP – set this lap having handed by way of a yellow flag zone when KTM’s Miguel Oliveira crashed on the quick Craig Jones left-hander at Flip 9.
This led to Bagnaia’s lap being cancelled and dropping him from pole to 11th, whereas promoting Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo to top spot.
MotoGP is utilizing LED gentle panels on the Algarve monitor and in any respect circuits any further, however the yellow flag was to Bagnaia’s proper and out of view as his physique hung over the left facet of his Ducati.
When requested if the marshal submit positioning was an issue, Bagnaia stated: “Sure, for positive, since you are coming from the downhill and the yellow flag was on the best facet.
“I used to be already leaning for the nook and making ready for the nook so it was unattainable to see my facet.
“[Luca] Marini, who was behind me, stated to me the identical. He additionally didn’t see the yellow flags so it was unattainable.
“However in any case, this can be a rule and we now have to observe it. The issue was within the 15 minutes [for qualifying] I noticed I had two laps cancelled within the two makes an attempt that I attempted, so it was higher to stay within the field and look to the others.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
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“The great factor is that I [would have] taken the pole place at the moment with an unbelievable lap after which my tempo was actually sturdy.
“In FP4 I used to be quick and really near Quartararo who had new tyres, so my tempo is sweet and I’ll attempt to get well these positions tomorrow. It will likely be tough however I’ll strive.”
Doha GP winner Quartararo inherited his 11th profession MotoGP pole in consequence, however admits it doesn’t “style” the identical as his others.
“The style of this pole place shouldn’t be precisely the identical as the opposite ones, however a very powerful factor was to begin from the entrance row and we achieved our aim,” the Frenchman stated.
“However most of all of the tremendous factor was the tempo from this morning on previous tyres, additionally testing the tyres within the afternoon, the tempo was nice and with used tyres this morning I may push slightly bit extra.
“However we wished to be extra on the secure facet of the tyre and it was nice. So, I’m so joyful concerning the tempo and the job of the crew.”