Pol Espargaro found himself languishing in 15th place as the Australian MotoGP got underway at Phillip Island on Friday.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider was back on track following his frightening high-speed spill at Motegi but says the crash has not affected his confidence on the satellite M1.

"I think it has not really affected me much, it was a big crash but it was not a normal crash: it was not normal tyres, not normal conditions and normally I don't think about it," said Espargaro, whose best lap was less than half-a-second down on team-mate Bradley Smith in eighth in FP2.

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"I'm trying to ride smoother because the rear grip is really low, but the smoother I try to ride, the slower I am, but at least I am trying. Tomorrow with a new tyre and more grip on the track I will be a bit faster.

"We decided to make some changes to the bike and use this Friday as a kind of test day. The weather did not help but in FP2 we were able to at least try some things we wanted to with the balance of the bike," he added.

"There are some positives and I improve a little bit in some areas such as entering in the corners, but I still have a lack of grip and that causes a lot of spinning, so it's a struggle to keep the right line."

Espargaro also tested Bridgestone's revised asymmetric front tyre and was pleased with the results.

"I'm very happy; looking at the result last year, Bridgestone work good with the front, it works much better and is looking good," he said.

"It's not moving and not closing, so they do a good job, but the rear is the same for everyone."