Wet conditions at Valencia on Friday provided Sylvain Guintoli with the perfect chance to display his talents, during the start of his final MotoGP weekend before switching to BSB next season.
The Alice Ducati rider was fifth fastest in morning practice and was holding seventh in the closing stages of the slightly dryer afternoon session when a nasty highside left the Frenchman in a lot of pain - but fortunately no long term damage.
“I have so much pain in my behind after today's fall. I can't even sit down," said Sylvain, who slipped to eighth after being carried out of the gravel. "I also landed really hard on my left knee, I thought it was something serious, but it seems that also here is just a big bruise.
"I hope that tomorrow all this pain will go away so I can be at my best for the last qualifying session of the season. The track improved in the last few minutes and if I was on track I would have done much better than the eighth place," he declared.
Team-mate Toni Elias also fell, the Spaniard being pitched roughly from his Desmosedici after 22 minutes. Although able to walk away apparently unharmed, Elias only made a brief return to the track and was left 18th and last as a result.
"Because of the climatic conditions we have basically wasted a day," said the 2009 Gresini Honda rider. "We wanted to try different solutions, but unluckily it hasn't been possible to follow the schedule we have planned. I hope to find better track conditions tomorrow. I don't like to be so far behind in the classification and tomorrow I will do my best to obtain a good position."