Quartararo “should have driven with a black flag” from the Catalan MotoGP

Quartararos Leder was open about five laps before the race on Sunday and he finished the Grand Prix with his suit open and chest protection uncovered.

This would earn him a three-second time penalty a few hours after the race and throw him back to sixth place after losing third place with a three-second time penalty for violating the course limits – something he still fails to do agrees.

When asked by Motorsport.com on Monday after a post-race test whether he had time to think about the second penalty, Quartararo admits that he had the black flag and should therefore have been disqualified from the race because of his suit problem. since “it wasn’t”. right behavior after Jason Dupasquier’s tragedy last week.

“Yeah, first of all, yeah, I think when I look back on what happened now, when the story is done, I can be happy because it’s hard to admit, but it was a black flag for me,” he admitted a.

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“I mean, it’s true that I put myself in danger and also with what happened last week I think it was the right thing to do.

“But I was lucky. The only punishment I disagree with was the abbreviation because I don’t think that’s fair.

“I lost seven tenths, but if I lost a second the penalty was gone, and how do I know I’m losing seven tenths of a second on the bike?

“Well, that was a bit stupid. But I admit the second penalty. I was pissed off, of course, but better than zero points. “

Targeting over-regulation of the track barriers, Quartararo highlighted several incidents in Mugello as well as his own violation in Barcelona and believes the current rules “take away the fun of the race”.

“For safety, the more there are, the better,” said Quartararo when asked by Motorsport.com whether the rules for driver equipment have changed.

“But we get into some things that I really don’t like, like Miguel [Oliveira] and [Joan] My last lap in Mugello.

“You [exceeded] Track boundaries, but it’s not about track boundaries from the curb, it was the end of the curb like Joe Roberts did in Mugello.

“It doesn’t make any profit. The shortcut, I mean, I’m not going through because I wanted to go straight.

“I lost the front, fell and I’m going straight ahead. If it were gravel there, I would go into the gravel.

“You get a three-second penalty for the shortcut, but the shortcut was slower than normal, so it’s not a shortcut.

“So for me the rules are getting stricter and stricter, we can’t always be exactly on the line.

“We can make mistakes and I think it’s about the fun of the show and we’re not robots, so I think the drivers allow a little mistakes and more when you have to drive 24 laps at the limit.”