2010 125cc pre-season preparations came to a painful conclusion for Marcel Schrotter after the young German injured his right knee and hand in an opening day crash at the Jerez test.
That didn't stop the 17-year-old getting back out on track for days two and three, but he was left a bit downhearted due to his injuries, some technical problems and the eventual time difference to the front.
The Interwetten Honda rider set the 14th fastest lap time, out of 27 riders, but was 2.7sec behind leader Marc Marquez (Derbi).
“After that crash I was quite upset,” he admitted. “My knee looked awful and a big bump appeared under it. Because of the injury I could not give 100% at this test, even if I tried to.
“I didn't have enough motivation, also because the gap between me and the leaders was three seconds.
“Now I try to get fit for the race in Qatar. It is the first time for me in overseas and I also never rode a night race before. I am looking forward to this new challenge,” he added.
“Marcel lost some time because of the crash on the first test day. Then there were some technical problems with the bike. This happens and you cannot do anything against it, but it costs all parties involved nerves,” confirmed team manager Terrell Thien.
“I have to say that with his pain and that he jumped on the bike again and again, showed that he really has the will to give it all. He still is very young and he can learn a lot. Until here all was testing. Now we have the first race in Qatar, what he does now counts.”