After a tepid opening to the session, Aleix Espargaro ended the first day of MotoGP testing in Qatar in a 'positive' frame of mind, despite enduring a late fall, which resulted in an injured back.

The Spaniard fell later on Wednesday evening as track temperatures decreased, high-siding out and injuring his back, which prematurely ended his day.

With a severly disappointing test in Phillip Island behind him, Espargaro finished eleventh overall, just behind Marc Marquez and 1.1 seconds off Jorge Lorenzo's fastest time of the session.

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"This has been another hard day, but once again I feel positive," began Espargaro, who was 0.2s slower than his fastest race lap from 2015 on Wednesday.

"After the very bad feeling I had in Australia, here we find a better configuration and the situation got better. Today around the half of the session we changed our direction and the machine improved a great deal for me.

"Unfortunately when two hours were missing to the end, when I incurred a crash, it was strange because I put a new tyre on and got a high-side in a very slow corner, but this is Qatar: When the humidity comes, the track's conditions change very much.

"I didn't have any major injury but my back hurts a lot, as it already has damage from last year's crashes. Now I'll go to rest and recover for tomorrow, but the direction we found is positive so I'm eager to improve."