Andrea Dovizioso took his best result of the 2010 MotoGP season with second place in Sunday's British MotoGP, which marked his fourth podium in five rounds and moved him into second in the world championship.
In doing so, Dovizioso has also jumped five points in front of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa - whom he could be battling to join Casey Stoner at the factory RCV team next year - although in terms of the title, the Italian has slipped further behind Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who now holds a 37 point lead after his latest win.
“I'm really happy with second in the race, and we also have second in the championship now so this reflects our strong start to the season,” said Dovizioso, who emerged at the head of a thrilling five-rider fight for second.
“In the middle of the race I saw many riders were closing in behind me and so I tried to push at 100 per cent to get a gap and try to avoid a fight on last lap.
“I'm so pleased with the season so far and I'd like to say thank you to Honda and to the team for the work they are doing.
“We still need to improve so that we can battle for race wins, but we are one step closer today and it's a good result for us at the start of a busy period of races. Next stop is Assen and we must move forward again so that we have a chance of winning there.”
Dovizioso took his only MotoGP win so far in the damp 2009 British GP at Donington Park and team manager Toshiyuki Yamaji thinks Dovi will be back on the top step of the podium soon.
“This is a good result for Andrea and he put on a strong performance today to achieve his best result of the year so far. He is improving all the time and I expect him to get a race victory soon,” he said.
Pedrosa, who won the previous Mugello round, finished eighth.