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.
“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.”