Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia posted a record-smashing lap time to initially declare pole in Saturday’s Q2 session on the Algarve circuit.
Nonetheless, his pole time was stripped from him after he was deemed to have set it whereas travelling via a yellow flag zone on the Craig Jones nook the place KTM’s Miguel Oliveira had crashed.
Bagnaia was dropped from pole to 11th consequently and claims it was “inconceivable” to see the yellow flag to his proper as he was leaning to the left at that time.
MotoGP tightened up its yellow flag rule final season, with any lap set by a rider who has handed a warning mechanically having that point deleted.
Espargaro sympathised with Bagnaia, however feels the rule must be enforced as a result of “you’ll be able to kill a marshal” in the event you crash whereas pushing via a yellow flag zone.
“You can’t go within the mind or the eyes of Pecco, so I’ll belief him if he says he couldn’t see it,” Espargaro stated.
“However we’ve guidelines for security. [On Friday] I crashed in Flip 11 I feel and plenty of riders closed the throttle.
“Pecco was broad in that corners and went broad after I was within the gravel making an attempt to choose up the bike with marshals.
“So, the rule is the rule and I feel Dorna must be much more strict.
“If there may be yellow flags, it’s as a result of any individual is on the bottom. In the event that they crash, you’ll be able to kill a marshal.
“So, I really feel sorry for them as a result of I do know he did an unbelievable lap and achieved the pole place. Nevertheless it’s very harmful.”
When requested if harsher punishments must be dished out for many who repeatedly push via yellow flag zones, he added: “100% positive as a result of inform me what extra Dorna can do?
“They’ve extra yellow flags than ever, they’ve LED panels.
“[So do we] begin utilizing radios or put the yellow flag on the sprint? It’s troublesome to do greater than this.
“So, sure, for me I feel they need to be stronger.”
Bagnaia’s Ducati teammate Jack Miller has fallen foul of the yellow flag rule on a lot of events since its introduction and has repeatedly been crucial of its enforcement.
Following Saturday’s drama, Miller as soon as once more questioned the rule, saying: “I’ve been on the receiving finish of that penalty a couple of instances.
“It’s like there’s no level even arguing with them [Race Direction] as a result of there’s no actual logic to it, particularly when it’s like that.
“It is not sensible as a result of these tyres don’t work in any respect, you might have a really slender window of after they do work, let’s say, and in the event you’ve already pushed that lap – like Pecco, for instance, he’s already far spherical on that lap – you’re not going to have the identical likelihood once more on that tyre.
“At Aragon final yr, it price me a Q2. I don’t agree with it.”