Updated with quotes from Karel Abraham.

Friday afternoon's second MotoGP practice in Austin saw Karel Abraham crawling off the track after an unusual incident on the back straight.

Team-mate Alvaro Bautista has now confirmed that the Aspar Ducati riders tangled on the exit of Turn 11, leaving Abraham on the ground.

"It was strange because I saw him riding very slow and I thought he was waiting for another rider. I just enter inside in Turn 11 and when I went to the outside of the curve on my normal line [on the exit] I found him and we touched," said Bautista.

"Fortunately I didn't crash, but I can crash. I think he is okay, not hurt... at the end he has to be more careful because he went out of the box and went so slow and out of the racing line and then back onto the line. So it was his fault, but I hope it will not happen again."

Abraham was taken to the medical centre for checks which revealed a hairline fracture of right ankle.

"It is disappointing because we just put soft tyres on to make a better lap time, I went out and took the first few corners carefully then started to push," said the Czech. "I got to the hairpin before the back straight and braked a little too late, so I ran wide. When I turned and opened the throttle, unfortunately Alvaro was exiting the corner at the same time and I don't know if his bike moved or what but he hit me from the side.

"I didn't expect it, I had a big crash and the bike landed on me. Now I have pain in a couple of places. I need an x-ray on my ankle but I hope to be back on the bike again tomorrow... I am annoyed because if you make a mistake and crash you at least learn something. This one was completely useless."

Bautista went on to finish the day in 16th with Abraham, who was taken to the medical centre, in 21st.

"This afternoon with more temperature and the medium tyre I felt much better, but then when I put the soft rear to make a lap time I didn't feel a big difference," Bautista added. "I don't know why because this morning when I changed the tyre I felt a big improvement from the rear.

"So we have to analyse what happened and see for tomorrow. Anyway for the pace I was not so bad. Not like Maverick and Marquez but like the others, I was able to ride very similar. Just I miss in the time attack."

Bautista finished fourth last time in Argentina, where Abraham claimed a shock second on the grid in a damp qualifying.

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