Andrea Dovizioso made a double pass on a thrilling final lap to secure a hard-fought fourth place in the Australian MotoGP.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was lying in sixth place with one lap remaining behind Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl but used his superior race craft and experience to outwit both in a dramatic finale.
“I knew that it was going to be a tough race because I didn't had the same pace as Cal [Crutchlow],” he said.
“All I could do was to try during the first laps to get in front of him or to put him under pressure but it was not possible.
“He was riding very well so I decided the best strategy was not to take too many risks.
“The battle with Bradl and Bautista was really exciting and I had a lot of fun,” Dovizioso added.
“I'm sure the fans appreciated it as well because we were pushing and changing places for the whole race.”
The Italian star was satisfied with his weekend's work in Australia and remains highly motivated to return to the podium at Valencia at the final round of the championship next month prior to his move to Ducati.
“I am satisfied to finish in front of the group and it was a strong battle right to the chequered flag,” he said.
“My next race in Valencia is the last for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team, so I go there with high motivation and determination to get a strong result to end our successful relationship in a positive way.”