Ireland's Eugene Laverty escaped with ligament and tissue damage to his wrist following a big spill on day one of the Sepang MotoGP Test.

Initial reports suggested the Power Electronics Aspar Ducati rider may have suffered a broken wrist and the 29-year-old was relieved the injury was not worse after recently recovering from a broken wrist sustained in a spill at the Valencia test last November.

Laverty explained that a 'mechanical problem' forced him to jump off the GP14.2 at turn four on his 27th lap and revealed he also had a lucky escape after encountering some electronics problems in the morning, causing the throttle to stick open in excess of 100kph.

"We've been for the X-ray and thankfully there is no fracture, just some tissue and ligament damage, which is a relief," Laverty said.

"It's just unbelievable that after spending the last couple of months recovering from a broken wrist we have this on the first day of the first test.

"It seems we had a mechanical problem and I had to jump off the bike under braking into turn four. It was a scary moment but quite lucky really because it could have been much worse.

"The bike went straight into the tyre wall at well over 100km/h so that wasn't nice to see - I never like to see a bike destroyed," he added.

"Overall it wasn't a great day because we spent the morning with some electronic problems, the throttle stuck open and I was lucky not to crash on that occasion too.

"It meant the guys had to check things over and we lost some track time. Now I have to wait and see how the hand is tomorrow. Obviously I want to get back out there as soon as possible but we'll have to wait and see when that is."

Laverty lapped in 2m 03.565s before his crash, which left him 19th on the time sheets.



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