Bradley Smith aggravated a finger injury after falling twice in FP1 on a trying opening day of the German MotoGP for the British rider.

Smith went down heavily at the very start of the morning - pictured warning following riders that his bike is in the track - and was counting himself lucky to have escaped more serious injury as he went on to compete in FP2, finishing in 12th place with a time of 1m 22.719s despite a small fall at the end.

"Obviously, I am lucky to be walking away more or less unscathed from one very big crash, as well as another fall this morning," said the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider.

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"The only trouble I had was that I reinjured my finger a bit which I originally hurt at Mugello last year, however nothing major overall.

"Today was a bit tricky for us, we are certainly riding faster than we did last year however I don't feel completely comfortable on the bike due to the balance not being perfect for the moment. In addition, my confidence at maximum lean angle can still improve."

Smith, whose time is only 0.678s off Aleix Espargaro's quickest lap, says he is 'convinced' he will climb further up the order on Saturday.

"Considering the difficulties which we had to face today, the gap to the front is not enormous and this is really promising because this track is a challenging one due to all of the left hand corners, so it always takes a while to get comfortable," said the 23-year-old.

"I am convinced that we can progress significantly and take home a strong qualifying position tomorrow."