Stefan Bradl was thrilled with sixth position in the Australian MotoGP despite missing out on fourth after a brilliant battle with Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista.
Bradl passed both on his LCR Honda before the halfway mark in the race, but the German slipped back to sixth in the closing stages as the pair hit back.
“Of course we are all happy because we did not expect such a close fight for the fourth place today after the difficult first day of practices we had here,” he said.
“It's a shame that we lost the fourth place because I was on hard tyre today and had a small advantage on my competitors so I thought I could take it.
“But the other guys had other advantages on me so we were plus or minus on the same level but in the last lap I was stopped by Bautista and Dovi passed me,” he added.
“I am not the one who usually loses the battle but I am quite happy anyway because we showed our pace once again.
“I want to thank the team for their excellent job this weekend”.
MotoGP rookie Bradl is eighth in the standings with 135 points ahead of the final round at Valencia next month.