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 by means of 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 “impossible” 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 passed a caution automatically having that time deleted.
Espargaro sympathised with Bagnaia, however feels the rule must be enforced as a result of “you may kill a marshal” when you crash whereas pushing by means of a yellow flag zone.
“You can’t go within the mind or the eyes of Pecco, so I’ll belief him is he says he couldn’t see it,” Espargaro mentioned. “However we’ve guidelines for security. [On Friday] I crashed in Flip 11 I believe and quite a lot of riders closed the throttle.
“Pecco was huge in that nook and went huge after I was within the gravel attempting to select up the bike with marshals.
“So, the rule is the rule and I believe 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 may 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. But it surely’s very harmful.”
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When requested if harsher punishments needs to be dished out for individuals who repeatedly push by means of yellow flag zones, he added: “100% certain 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 believe they must be stronger.”
Bagnaia’s Ducati team-mate Jack Miller has fallen foul of the yellow flag rule on various events since its introduction and has repeatedly been vital 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 number 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 senseless as a result of these tyres don’t work in any respect, you may have a really slim window of once they do work, let’s say, and when 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 probability once more on that tyre.
“At Aragon final yr, it price me a Q2. I don’t agree with it.”