Pol Espargaro lauded his first official outing on the Yamaha Tech 3 M1 at Valencia as a 'special moment' in his career.

The reigning Moto2 World Champion, who replaces Britain's Cal Crutchlow in Herve Poncharal's team, completed 45 laps in warm and sunny conditions.

Espargaro set a fastest time of 1m 33.187s to finish 10th on the time sheets, lapping within two seconds of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on the factory machines.

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"Today was a very special moment in my career and it was unbelievable to finally ride a MotoGP bike," said Espargaro.

"I have been looking forward to working with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and immediately I could feel this is a very professional and high-level team with fantastic support from Yamaha.

"The YZR-M1 is incredible and today I just tried to learn as much as possible. The power of the engine is something you notice immediately and today I just did as many laps as I could with the aim to get a feel for the bike," he added.

"We didn't try any different settings or touch the electronics but the sensation to ride this bike is simply amazing.

"I am looking forward to gaining more experience on the bike in the remainder of the test and to show more of the potential of this bike."

Bradley Smith, who finished seventh in the Valencia MotoGP on Sunday, opted to take a rest day in preparation for an extensive testing programme on Tuesday and Wednesday.