Dani Pedrosa admits he is slightly disappointed at being unable to take the fight to Jorge Lorenzo in the Czech Grand Prix, but was otherwise satisfied to be back on the podium.
The Brno pole man led into the first corner but cautious braking into turn three enabled both Lorenzo and Ben Spies to overtake him. Although he secured second back off Spies shortly afterwards, he was unable to do anything more than stay close to Lorenzo.
Eventually fading as the race wore on, Pedrosa maintained second position to the chequered flag to improve his identical placing in the overall standings.
“It's good to be back on the podium after the crash at the last race at Laguna Seca so I'm happy about this. My start was good and I was in first place through the first corner but in the first left-hander I was a little bit too concerned about my tyre temperature and braked too early, which allowed Ben and Jorge to get past.
“When I was in second place behind Jorge again I was trying as hard as possible to stay close, which I could do for a few laps, but for some reason I wasn't quite able to go as fast as yesterday - I had quite a lot of wheelspin and was struggling to get good drive out of the corners. I tried to adjust my riding to improve this but Jorge was gradually able to open the gap.
“So it wasn't the best result for us, but still the podium is ok and we can build on this result. After the test we go to Indianapolis and I was strong there last year - despite the mistake in the race - so I'm confident we can be competitive again at the next race.”
Pedrosa is now 77 points adrift of Lorenzo in the standings.