MotoGP World Championship leader Dani Pedrosa
missed out on the chance to capitalise on title rival Jorge Lorenzo's injury problems as he failed to finish on the rostrum at Assen.
Pedrosa led the Dutch TT for the opening five laps and held second place for much of the race, but he began to drop back after struggling for grip in the latter stages, eventually finishing one place ahead of Lorenzo in fourth.
The Spanish rider increased his lead over Lorenzo at the top of the standings by two points to nine points overall after seven rounds, but Pedrosa will feel he allowed a golden opportunity to pass him by.
“Today I started well, saving a crash at the very beginning with cold tyres and I was able to continue and put in some good laps,” he said.
“Then I had problems with the tyres, both in the front and the rear. Still, I tried to hold on for as long as possible, because I don't want it to be an excuse.
“I sat behind Rossi for several laps, then as the race progressed it was more and more difficult to keep up, especially when Marc and Crutchlow caught me.
“I guess everyone was sliding around behind us, but I found that I could not control the bike on entry to some corners and that made me lose touch, especially in the closing laps.”
Pedrosa – who is keen to 'move on' from Assen – extended his congratulations to Lorenzo, who finished fifth despite breaking his left collarbone in practice.
“Overall this weekend we had very negative feelings and in the end we managed an okay race,” said Pedrosa.
“Now it's time to move on, relax and get ready for the next round.
“Finally, congratulations to Jorge, because what he did today and how he did it was very impressive! I take my hat off to him.”