Cal Crutchlow admitted he tried all he could to wrestle the final podium place at Aragon away from team-mate Andrea Dovizioso
Crutchlow twice edged ahead on the final two laps but Dovizioso immediately re-took the position to seize his sixth MotoGP podium of the season.
The pair enjoyed a race-long duel at the Spanish circuit but Dovizioso gained the upper hand in the end, leaving Crutchlow to graciously concede he was fairly beaten by his Tech 3 Yamaha partner.
“Obviously it would have been great to be back on the podium after the disappointment of Misano but credit to Andrea because he did a great job as always and I'm taking nothing away from him,” said Crutchlow.
“I did my best in those last two laps to take third but I knew he had a little better exit speed than me coming out of Turn 15 and that's how it turned out.
“It was impossible for me to try again at the last corner but I am happy with fourth because this result once again shows the huge step I have made from last season.”
Crutchlow, who started from the front row after qualifying third on the satellite YZR-M1, had the consolation of moving further ahead of Valentino Rossi
and Alvaro Bautista in the championship.
“Today I was close to the podium and last year struggling to be in the top 10,” said Crutchlow.
“It was a good result for the championship too because I pulled a small gap on Valentino and Alvaro.
“I can go into the last four races with a lot of confidence and hopefully enjoy some more good battles with Andrea.
“I tried my best to beat him today and didn't quite manage it, so hopefully next time we are in a fight like that it will be me that comes out on top.”