Dani Pedrosa says he can be happy with his second place finish in the Italian Grand Prix, despite not having the pace to keep up with Jorge Lorenzo at Mugello.
As suspected, Lorenzo's superior pace over a longer stint would make all the difference come race day, not least when Pedrosa's pole position was negated by him running slightly wide at turn one and losing ground to his countryman.
By the time Pedrosa had regained his momentum and lowered his lap times – including a fastest lap of 1min 47.705secs -, the Repsol Honda rider began suffering with the rear tyre spinning.
Fearing a potential tyre problem, Pedrosa opted to settle for a safe second, five seconds behind Lorenzo and the same margin ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Tech 3).
“I braked late at the first corner but I missed something and Jorge was already there," he said "Then a few corners later I was surprised by Dovizioso, he passed me also and it took a few laps for me to make the overtake on him as he was very strong in the first corner so I had to pass him in another part of the circuit.
“By this point Jorge had already opened up a small gap but I tried to get back in my rhythm and I started to lap in the 1'47's. When I started to drop into these times though, my tyre began to spin a lot in the rear and I got some chatter so I was worried for the tyre.
“At this point I decided to slow down a little because to catch Jorge meant laps in 1'47's. He was riding very strong so I have to congratulate him, finally for me a second place is a good result overall and I want to thank all the team for their hard work this weekend.”
Lorenzo's win means Pedrosa has slipped 19 points behind his rival in the overall MotoGP World Championship standings.
Pedrosa and team-mate Casey Stoner will sample an updated version of the RC213V during testing at Mugello on Monday.