Rookie Karel Abraham turned his best MotoGP qualifying, of sixth, into a joint race-best of seventh in Sunday's wet British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Abraham was the top Desmosedici rider in qualifying, but a bad start dropped the Czech rider to tenth at the end of the first race lap.

"My start wasn't very good," admitted Abraham, who later overtook Toni Elias and began a battle with seven-time MotoGP champion and factory Ducati rider Valentino Rossi.

Rossi overtook Abraham on lap 9 of 20, and remained one place ahead of Abraham to the chequered flag, by which time retirements had moved them into sixth and seventh.

"I am sorry that I wasn't able to stay with Rossi, who was faster than me in every lap, but despite that I am very satisfied with this result," said former Moto2 race winner Abraham, who had also finished seventh in the wet Spanish Grand Prix.

"I would like to thank all the team members, especially the mechanics who did a great job," he added.

Abraham is now in tenth place in the overall standings and the highest placed of the four satellite Ducati riders.

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