Dani Pedrosa admits he 'cannot feel happy' with second place in the Catalunya Grand Prix after conceding defeat to countryman Jorge Lorenzo after a lengthy duel.
The Spaniard got his customary hole-shot into the opening bend from fifth on the grid, Pedrosa going on to control the race for the next six laps when Lorenzo got a better drive down the home straight and moved into the lead.
Despite this, Pedrosa maintained close company with his rival and regained the position on lap 12, the Repsol Honda rider even establishing an advantage over Lorenzo when the Yamaha rider made an error into turn one.
However, with Pedrosa struggling for pace in the closing stages, a large wheelie onto the back straight allowed the close-following Lorenzo to plant a pass at Caixa with five laps remaining.
Unable to respond, Pedrosa continued on for second place, but while it matches his best finish of the season thus far, he admits he is unhappy that he isn't celebrating victory.
“A second place is always a second, but I really wanted to win today, I cannot feel happy. We've worked very hard during the practice sessions to be ready to win but finally we couldn't make it, so it's a little bit disappointing. I pushed as much as I could but in the final laps I had some issues to stay on the racing line.
“I pushed my best in the middle of the race, I tried to attack but with 10 laps remaining I couldn't keep the pace, it was hard to control the bike on braking and in the exit of the corners, so I was defensive because I knew my corner speed was not so good. I made a mistake and I had a big wheelie, so Jorge got past me and I couldn't follow him.
“We cannot be happy today, but I have to congratulate my team because they worked very hard this weekend and we have to keep pushing for the next races to start winning soon.”