Stefan Bradl suffered the indignity of being the only rider to fall foul of the difficult weather conditions at Jerez after crashing his LCR Honda towards the end of the day.
The German was completing a long run on wet tyres when he erroneously clipped a slick white line and slid into the gravel trap.
Unhurt in the accident, Bradl ended up ninth fastest at the end of the day and was otherwise pleased with his pace over a long distance.
“Unfortunately it was raining the whole day but we tried to proceed with our job anyway. We made 33 laps in total but, at the beginning of the day, we struggled a bit with the base set-up but we fixed after two runs.
“I felt comfortable in the wet and, on new tyres, we made a 14-lap long run with acceptable lap times considering the slippery surface. But, at the end of that long run, I touched the white line and had a big slide crashing in the gravel.
“It was basically my mistake but on these conditions it can happen. Luckily I am unhurt and hope to have track time in the dry tomorrow.”