Pol Espargaro is confident he will be passed fit to make his MotoGP debut in Qatar on March 23 after breaking his left collarbone in a spill on the final day of testing at the Losail circuit.

Espargaro managed to set the second fastest time with a lap in 1m 54.907s to finish only 0.033s behind his brother Aleix at the top before disaster struck late in the session.

The incident happened as the MotoGP rookie was changing down through the gears on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1.

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"We can be happy with the job we did today as we made some very good steps forward. At the early stages of the session we found a better setting which allowed me to improve my time with the new tyres, and I could lower me lap time quite a lot," he said.

"Also, the rhythm I had during the race simulation was much better than yesterday. Of course, the crash at the end of the session was a bit unlucky.

"I made a mistake whilst changing down the gears going into the corner, which meant I had to go straight ahead and then crashed in the gravel," Espargaro added.

"I am still very confident and positive about the test and I will be back here in two weeks ready to race."

Team principal Herve Poncharal is equally confident: "Pol has been unlucky to crash in such an unfortunate way and hurt himself, but with the determination he has shown so far there is no doubt that he will be back here for the race and ready to give his all."

Espargaro is due to undergo surgery on his broken collarbone on Monday.