Pol Espargaro believes action should be taken to improve safety at Silverstone after being struck on the hand this afternoon by debris kicked up from the side of the race track.
The Spaniard was following his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith during FP2 when the Briton ran wide exiting Chapel, sending dirt and stones behind into the path of Espargaro. A rock subsequently struck Espargaro on the hand and although he escaped injury, the 23 year old told The Checkered Flag that the corner may need looking at.
“I think he didn’t see me, I’ll kick him later!” he joked. “It’s something we have to speak about in the safety commission because when someone is off the line, the rocks are throwing up really fast and it caused some pain. We have to put something there because for the other riders it’s important. It hit me on the hand and my finger’s swollen quite big but nothing’s broken.”
Smith admitted he understood the predicament the circuit finds itself in, adding that riders are always going to test the limits as they go in pursuit of lap times.
“It’s really tough”, Smith told The Checkered Flag. “You try to use as much track as you can and we try to make everything as safe as we can. Normally towards the end of kerbs we try to put a concrete junction that goes at a 45 degree angle, maybe a little bit steeper so it’s not kerb, grass and then the track. Maybe it’s something we need to do a little bit there, or I just don’t need to run off track!
Like his teammate, Smith was able to see the funny side and admitted the incident may have given him a possible tactic to fend his rivals off on race day. “I haven’t seen it but if it worked I’ll have to remember it for the race!” he quipped.