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 eleventh in consequence 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” if you happen to crash whereas pushing by means of a yellow flag zone.
“You can not go within the mind or the eyes of Pecco, so I’ll belief him if he says he couldn’t see it,” Espargaro mentioned.
“However we now have guidelines for security. [On Friday] I crashed in Flip 11 I feel and plenty of riders closed the throttle.
“Pecco was huge in that corners and went huge once I was within the gravel making an attempt to select 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 person 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. But it surely’s very harmful.”
When requested if harsher punishments ought to be dished out for many 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 tough 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 essential 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 occasions.
“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 unnecessary as a result of these tyres don’t work in any respect, you’ve gotten a really slender window of once they do work, let’s say, and if you happen to’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 value me a Q2. I don’t agree with it.”