Pol Espargaro apologised for his language as he described his frustration at losing out to other satellite riders using the special soft rear tyre in Qatar qualifying.

The softer tyre is currently available to the factory class Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia riders - as well as the Open riders - and was taken to pole position by Andrea Dovizioso.

Satellite Tech 3 Yamaha rider Espargaro confessed that Dovizioso and factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone (fourth) may well have been in front of him even without the tyre.

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But he believes Pramac Ducati riders Yonny Hernandez and Danilo Petrucci would not have been fifth and ninth.

Espargaro added that the satellite Yamaha and Honda riders are in the worst situation because they do not have the latest bikes or the softest rear tyre.

"It's really unfair. That's clear," said Espargaro, who qualified tenth and 0.9s from Dovizioso. "It's unfair for us, not by them. They are using what the regulations permit.

"We are doing the best with what we have and for sure we have to push more than them and take more risks than them because we don't have this tyre. Also we don't have the official [factory team] bike so we are in the middle and - sorry for the word - we are really f**ked in that aspect!

"Tomorrow everything will be the same [tyre wise] and we will enjoy the race. We will go more to the front not to the rear - more to the rear is impossible! It will be interesting to see what they can do with our tyre.

"For sure Pramac Ducati will go back [in the race] but with the power of the bike they will be able to follow the front riders and make a gap on us if we are in traffic.

"On used tyres our bike is good," continued the former Moto2 champion, preparing to start his second year in the premier-class. "In FP4 we improved the rear grip problems. I was behind Jorge [Lorenzo], catching him a bit and comfortable.

"Tomorrow it will be important to really focus at the beginning of the race to overtake the Ducatis."

Team-mate Bradley Smith qualified in seventh place.