Valentino Rossi finished in fourth place for the third race in succession, during Sunday's British MotoGP at Silverstone.

The Yamaha star made a strong start from sixth on the grid, initially jumping three places to slot in behind Marc Marquez in third position.

But as has been the pattern in recent events, Rossi was unable to keep pace with Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in the early laps, slipping back to sixth before mounting a fight back.

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The Italian repassed LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, then closed in on Alvaro Bautista for yet another late race battle with the Spaniard. The fight went to the line, with Rossi getting the better of the Gresini Honda rider by less than a tenth of a second.

However Rossi was almost twelve seconds behind Pedrosa and the final place on the podium.

"For me this result is a bit more positive than in Brno because this track is very difficult," said Rossi. "Every time I come here I have a bad result, this time we worked in a different and better way but unfortunately it is not enough to stay with the first three guys. They were too strong.

"The fourth place is better than in Brno, but it is still a fourth place. I made a good start but in the first laps the other guys were a lot faster than me between the second and seventh lap, but the second half of the race was not so bad.

"When the rear started to slide it is like we put less pressure on the front, where we have some problem, and I could enter the corners faster, but it was not enough.

"We will continue to work hard, we never give up and are not so far now. We have a constant pace and we are nearly there but we need to go a bit faster, we still have to work to improve our pace. We made a modification between warm up and the race that gave me a better feeling with the front.

"Now we have a week of rest after thre back-to-back races and then Misano, which I like a lot - my home grand prix - where I've been on the podium with both the Yamaha and Ducati. I'm always fast at that track so we have to try and improve the result."

Rossi also paid tribute to team-mate Lorenzo, who had been a step ahead of the other Yamaha riders all weekend and won the British GP after a thrilling battle with Marquez.

"Jorge was incredible all weekend. He deserves the victory," said Rossi, who added that Lorenzo's chances of bridging the 39-point gap to injured championship leader Marquez was: "Difficult but not impossible... Yamaha have to bring the seamless gearbox as soon as possible."

Rossi remains fourth in the standings, increasing his advantage over Cal Crutchlow to 20 points.