Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Pol Espargaro came off at the 'worst possible time' on Wednesday as he pursued a fast lap on the final day of the second Sepang test.

Espargaro encountered a slower rider at speed in the morning session and went down after attempting to make a pass.

He finished with a time of 2m 00.490s, his fastest over the three days in Malaysia, placing him 11th on the combined times.

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"Today was a bit of a tricky day for me. The feeling I had when I first went out on track was good and I was sure of having a positive day," said Espargaro.

"I had just put on a new tyre to go for a fast lap time, but I was disrupted by a slow rider on track. I had to pass him with a quite risky move and unfortunately I ended up crashing.

"This was at the worst possible time because it was when the track was perfect in terms of temperature. Because bike one needed repairing, I went out on the second bike, but any chance of improving didn't come easily for me and I had to stop shortly after because the track was so hot that the conditions were difficult to ride on," he added.

"Once things had cooled down, we had some technical issues that slowed us again and after everything, there was only half an hour right at the end of the day where I could ride again."

Espargaro was reluctant to push for a time as the test reached a conclusion, opting to play it safe instead on the satellite M1 and regroup for the test in Qatar in March.

"Having said that, after falling in the morning, I did not want to push too hard and end up worse, so we limited ourselves to ensuring that everything was working properly again without pushing," he said.

"It's a big shame that we weren't able to finish our test schedule as we had planned. Anyway, next up is Qatar and we are equipped with lots of information and ideas for improvements after five days in Sepang, plus I am eager to roll on to another circuit."