British MotoGP contender Bradley Smith was fortunate to escape injury following a massive spill at turn 11 during the second free qualifying session at Jerez.

The Yamaha Tech 3 rider walked away unharmed but was left frustrated by a lack of rear grip and an unsatisfactory setting with the YZR-M1 in Spain.

"Today was a tough day, but the most important thing is that I am ok after that huge crash and that I didn't get any injuries. We didn't find a good set up with the bike, despite trying many different options and I also struggled a lot with my the rear grip and my confidence with it," said Smith, who ended the day in 11th position based on his time of 1m 40.758s from FP1.

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"I tried the soft and hard compounds of both tyres, and provided Bridgestone with as much information as possible so that we can find a solution. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow, and seriously need to look into our setting," he added.

"We are not close for the moment and need to undertake a drastic change to get higher up the grid, but I am still confident that I can qualify well here in Jerez."

Smith, though, fared better than his team-mate and MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro, who finished 13th on the combined times.