Marco Simoncelli was relieved to escape major injury after suffering a mammoth accident during testing for his maiden MotoGP season with Gresini Honda.
The former 250cc champion was catapulted from his bike at the first left-hand bend around the Sepang circuit, the same place that James Toseland
suffered a colossal accident a year earlier.
Nonetheless, save for a few grazes, Simoncelli was deemed unhurt in the accident and was back out on track by the end of the day.
Prior to that, Simoncelli had endured a troubled test, the Italian admitting he was struggling to set-up the bike to his liking. Nonetheless, he was feeling more positive by the end of the second day.
“The first half of the day was relatively difficult because we couldn't get the bike to work properly and lost lots of time, then to top it off I had a crash,” he lamented. “I had gone out with new tyres and after half a lap I came back in because of the same problems. I did a technical check and I went out once more.
“In the first left-hander although I was really paying attention (maybe not enough) the bike catapulted me off. I hit the asphalt hard and thinking about it now I was lucky just to get a few grazes, it could have been a lot worse.
“Later we went back to work in the afternoon and things were much more positive as the bike felt much improved and I was able to ride it better than yesterday, the feeling was better and the time I did wasn't by chance. Now we need to organise our ideas and think about a plan of attack for the next tests so I'm going home with high morale.”
Simoncelli completed the test with the 15th fastest time, four tenths adrift of team-mate Marco Melandri.