Casey Stoner is optimistic that having to sit out the first day of Sepang testing with back pain will not prove too costly.
The reigning MotoGP champion missed all of today's session in Malaysia – the opening day of preseason preparations – having pulled back muscles while warming up.
"I was stretching this morning for a good 20 minutes preparing to go out on track for the first time and then all of a sudden my back just locked up on me, I couldn't move or do anything," said Stoner. "I had to call someone to come and help me move into a position that was less painful! Then I had some physio on it straight away trying to get it better for this afternoon but it wasn't feeling good."
Stoner said while there was a chance he could have gotten on the bike for the afternoon, he preferred to make certain that he was fit for Wednesday.
"I had some more physio after lunch but it still wasn't easing up," he said. "I felt I could have gone out on the bike in the afternoon but we all agreed it would probably make it worse for tomorrow.
"We have two more days testing here in Sepang, we know the track well and we are getting to know the bike, we just need some time to test the new parts we have here to give feedback to HRC."
He is confident he can make up for lost time once he is able to start testing.
"I think tomorrow the track conditions will be better and, as long as my back improves overnight, we should get back on schedule with our testing program tomorrow," said Stoner.