Aleix Espargaro intends to ride in next weekend's Malaysian MotoGP despite suffering a fracture in his left hand when he fell in Sunday's Phillip Island race.

The Aprilia rider, fastest on Friday, was trying to overtake Jack Miller for fifth when he fell at the ultra-fast first turn on lap 8 of 27.

"The race was going well. Despite a less than perfect start, I had already rejoined the leading group and I had a good feeling," Espargaro said.

"Unfortunately, as I was overtaking Miller on the first turn, I went a bit too wide, ending up on the dirty part of the track and sliding out.

"I should be able to participate in the race in Malaysia even with the injury to my hand. We'll see what the conditions are on Friday."

Team-mate Sam Lowes finished 19th.

"Obviously you always hope for a better result but, given the conditions, I'm rather satisfied. I overtook a few riders in the race and I didn't make any mistakes throughout the weekend.

"We are working well. Unfortunately, Aleix wasn't able to demonstrate the full potential of the RS-GP today because of the crash, but we are on the right path."


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