Forward Racing gave its Moto2 rider Simone Corsi his MotoGP debut, on board Colin Edwards' Open Yamaha during Monday's post-race Jerez test.

The 27-year-old Italian, a former 125cc race winner who is presently fifth in the Moto2 standings, completed 45 laps, with a best time of 1m 42.333s.

It was a creditable performance that put Corsi 3.6s from test pace setter Marc Marquez (Honda), 2.6s from regular Forward rider Aleix Espargaro and ahead of Avintia's Mike di Meglio.

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"Today I had the great opportunity to test the MotoGP Machine and it was an incredible experience. I completed 45 laps to get confidence with the Forward Yamaha and I'm satisfied," said Corsi.

"There are so many differences with the Moto2 in terms of power, acceleration and electronics. The MotoGP is very physically demanding, so I preferred to concentrate all the work in the morning. I'd like to thank the team for this opportunity."

Corsi's fastest lap was half-a-second from Edwards' quickest in the grand prix, although most riders went around one-second quicker on Monday.

That included Espargaro, who focussed his testing work on electronics and set-up. Espargaro was eighth on the timesheets and, as is now expected, the top Open class rider.

"It was a very positive day of work," said the Spaniard. "We worked on the electronics in preparation of the next races. We collected important data and I'm satisfied. In the afternoon I worked on the set-up of the second machine as I hadn't use it since the Qatar Qualifying session."