Dani Pedrosa says he feels 'proud' of his run to seventh position in the Valencia Grand Prix after admitting the 30-lap race took its toll on his strength.
The Spaniard is still recovering from the broken collarbone he sustained in an accident at Motegi, but he still proved to be a reckoned force during race proceedings in Spain as he claimed the fastest lap.
However, with his strength ebbing away, Pedrosa would eventually fade to seventh position at the chequered flag, a result the Spaniard was nonetheless satisfied with given the circumstances.
“”This was the one of the hardest races of my life and also one of the ones I can feel most proud of. Honestly I was not sure at all before the start that I could do 30 laps today, but I managed to do it and I'm very happy now, and also exhausted. I made a good start and to stay with Stoner in the early laps was amazing for me.
“I fought as hard as possible to maintain the pace for as long as I could and it was during this period that I set the fastest lap of the race. But of course my strength was ebbing away little by little and I was caught by the group behind me. From then on I just concentrated on staying on the bike and finishing the race - I was counting down the laps.
Reflecting on his season, Pedrosa admits second was not exactly what he had hoped for, but he was pleased with the season all the same.
“To finish second in the championship was not our goal at the beginning of the season of course, but only we know how hard it has been to keep second place after the crash in Japan. We will take our time to recover after this race and we can also have a useful test on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for next year.”