Espargaro still ‘positive’ despite crash

Suzuki factory team rider Aleix Espargaro says he feels positive despite a late fall on Day 1 of MotoGP testing in Qatar, which resulted in a back injury on Wednesday. 

The 26-year-old Spaniard fell late in the day, high-siding out and injuring his back, to prematurely end his days testing.

Espargaro finished 1.1 seconds off Jorge Lorenzo’s fastest time of the session in a lowly eleventh place overall, which follows a disappointing test at Phillip Island recently.

“This has been another hard day, but once again I feel positive,” Espargaro told

“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.”