Pol Espargaró has received a penalty ahead of the starting grid of the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix. The Honda rider went off the track in the first free practice of the weekend and, according to the stewards panel, returned to the track in an “unsafe” way, creating a dangerous situation .
Although at first it was not shown on television, later it was possible to see how the Repsol Honda rider made a straight when the yellow flags waved due to Marco Bezzecchi’s fall and, when he rejoined the track, he bothered Johann Zarco. The Frenchman was about to take him ahead.
Following the regulations, the stewards have imposed a penalty of three grid positions on the Granollers rider, which he must comply with in the race this Sunday.
This sanction comes at a delicate moment for Pol, who was seriously upset on several occasions by his difficulty in qualifying among the top 10 with the Honda. Starting in positions that “don’t belong to him” has already brought him some trouble, such as at the San Marino Grand Prix, where he was involved in a multiple crash in the first corner of the race.
Video: the incident between Pol Espargaró and Zarco in FP1 of the MotoGP Malaysian GP
This is the second sanction of this style for this weekend . Miguel Oliveira also carries a three-position penalty on Sunday’s starting grid, after running excessively slow in the first qualifying session of the last Australian Grand Prix, at Phillip Island. In addition, the Portuguese must comply with a long lap .
Both sanctions show a greater severity on the part of the marshals before the slow pilots who annoy those who roll ‘in lap’.
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