Sports Pol Espargaro is furious because of yellow flag in qualifying: "That is not fair"

21:05  08 august  2020
21:05  08 august  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Because he improved under yellow, Pol Espargaro lost second place on the grid in MotoGP qualifying in Brno - he sees the blame for this on the stewards, not on himself

Since the yellow flag rule was tightened in Jerez , there have always been situations in which pilots lost their lap times because they improved despite money. In the MotoGP qualifying in Brno the Pol Espargaro happened.

The KTM rider lost his best qualification result for the Austrian manufacturer to date. Because his lap time catapulted him into second place in the final phase of qualifying, directly behind pole setter Johann Zarco (Avintia-Ducati). So he would have started the race from the front row - would have ...

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"I was confident," says the Spaniard. “Everything went well until the yellow flag came. But it wasn't where it should be on Turn 8 so I could see the yellow flag. It was in the middle of two turns, impossible to see. In the end, I got I feel it wasn't our fault, it was her fault. "

Espargaro: Have to pay for mistakes made by the others

This threw the KTM driver back to sixth - not a bad starting position for the race, but of course a nuisance for Espargaro: "I'm a little pissed off because it was one of the best qualifying sessions I've ever done with the KTM. We were second and now we're sixth, so a lot has changed. "

Admittedly, "The second row is always good, but if you literally risk your life to do this type of lap and it is taken away from you in this way, then it's just unfair. And I don't like any unfair things. "

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The Spaniard is by no means concerned with the yellow flag itself or the new rule that he himself campaigned for in the security commission. The execution is what bothers him. "At the point where you show the yellow flag, it is already late," he said. "I didn't see her and therefore celebrated my position."

Not safe: yellow flag not visible?

Indeed, Espargaro abandoned his last attempt, assuming he was second. If he had noticed the flag in time, it would not have happened to him and he could have topped up again, he says and continues to rant: "I pay for the bad work of the marshals, the organization, and that is not fair."

Especially since it did not only help him but also the fallen victim. It was LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow. "I was super fast in this corner and Cal was on the ground. I could fall at this point because I risked a lot to get this lap," said Espargaro, pointing out the danger.

Therefore, the rule should be applied better, i.e. the yellow flag should be shown clearly and in good time, the Spaniard denounced. Would light signals be a solution? "Yes, we've already talked about it because it's best seen."

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KTM wants to protest, but has little hope

But: "If you show a yellow screen when changing direction in the middle of two corners, the problem is exactly the same. But if you show the flag a little earlier in turn 8 and then in the corner 9, I would really see them and reduce my speed, "says Espargaro, explaining the situation.

It's too late for the incident in qualifying in Brno, but the KTM driver and his team still want to protest against it. However, he doesn't have much hope that the result will change anything: "You will say: 'There's a yellow flag on the curve.' But that's just bad talk, that's nonsense. "

Brad Binder © Provided by motorsport.com Brad Binder

Brad Binder surprised himself with seventh on the grid in Brno

Photo: Motorsport Images

Espargaro's team-mate Brad Binder feels with the Spaniard. "It's really unfortunate," he says, confirming that visibility is difficult due to the driver's line of sight in the bend in question. "This new rule is a little tricky and we know it can hit us all at some point."

Binder with used tires on grid position 7

If that happens in qualifying, it is of course doubly bitter. Nevertheless, Binder believes that Espargaro can also have a good race from sixth on the grid: "Whether he starts second or sixth, I am sure that Pol will do a great job."

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Binder himself is only one position behind Espargaro in seventh place. The South African surprised himself with this: "I really didn't expect to finish seventh because I used all my tires in Q1. So I used a ten round old front tire and a new center-rear tire."

"I was really shocked by the lap time I was able to achieve," admits the MotoGP rookie. "It's fantastic to be in Q2 for the second time in a row. In general, I feel good, thanks in part to the team. You have done a great job. I'm looking forward to tackling the race tomorrow."

Close gaps in the MotoGP field: "That's crazy"

After the mistakes in both Jerez races, Binder hopes to get through this time cleanly: "I would like to finish the race without taking a detour from the track, that would be great" , he alludes self-critically to his rides in Jerez.

"Maybe I'll take a step back because I think I wanted too much a little too early in the last few races. (...) Yesterday it was pretty difficult to get to a track where I haven't laps yet I've ridden a GP motorcycle, but the more I ride, the better I feel, "emphasizes rookie

When asked about the tight time intervals in the training sessions - after FT3 all 21 riders were within 1.5 seconds - says Binder: "It's absolutely crazy, precisely because it's a class where there are different manufacturers, different engines and different chassis. It's really fantastic to see. It will be an interesting race."

With images from Motorsport Images .

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