Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa
had to give second best to team-mate Marc Marquez at Brno but last year's Czech Republic MotoGP race winner was pleased with his 20-point haul.
Pedrosa emerged as the main threat to Marquez in the closing stages of the race after Jorge Lorenzo
dropped out of contention and although he reeled in the record-breaking rookie he was unable to launch a last-lap attack for the lead.
The Spanish star, who has battled back to fitness after incurring a shoulder injury in a crash at the Sachsenring, said he had taken a 'big step' with his performance a Brno.
“I am very happy with the result, generally speaking, because after all the problems with my injury and the doubts we've had at the last few races, we took a big step forward with my mental preparation today,” he said.
“We were more ready to win here, despite not being 100%. Unfortunately, our strategy was not the best.
“I had problems overtaking throughout the race, because I couldn't brake late and was always the third rider in the trio at the front. I think that I made my final attack one lap too late.”
Pedrosa feels he may have had a chance to battle Marquez for the race win if he had managed to make a pass on Lorenzo a lap earlier.
“If I had passed Jorge one lap earlier, maybe I would have been in with a chance of the victory,” he said.
“In any case, we had the right attitude of attacking until the end and gaining ground on Marc.
“I just needed another lap in order to catch him. We had a good chance but couldn't take it. We will try again next time. I want to thank the team for the great job that they did this weekend.”
Asked about Marquez's title lead, Pedrosa replied: “Obviously he is in a very good moment now, winning four races in a row is impressive. But we made a good step here and now we need to focus on the upcoming races and do our best.”