Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa had no qualms over his solid third place in the Qatar MotoGP, acknowledging that the Losail circuit has rarely been a happy hunting ground in the past.
Pedrosa battled his way through the pack to join the lead group and after becoming embroiled in a dice with Alvaro Bautista, he was handed the final place on the rostrum on a plate when the Gresini Honda rider went down in the closing stages.
For Pedrosa, a haul of 16 points was a more than acceptable return from the night race in Qatar and the 28-year-old was in an upbeat mood afterwards.
“I don't ride so good here and I always struggle a lot for settings or for pace; I was able to be in the [lead] group, especially in the middle of the race, because in the beginning I made a good start but actually didn't brake so good in the first corner,” he said.
“I lost a lot of positions in the first laps but the feeling was not perfect and I was thinking was it just me or what; then there were crashes here and there and I immediately understood that the track might be different from yesterday.
“I took my time to get a feeling with the track again and through the middle of the race I worked my way up, but I struggled a little bit in the last five laps.
“I had a battle with Bautista and he also crashed, so for sure the track today was a little bit difficult and it was good to stay on the bike and finish the race for the first points of the year,” added Pedrosa.
“I don't know what my position was at the start but I saw many different bikes and teams in front, from Yamaha to Ducati to the Hondas and really it was a long group in the beginning, but finally I could make my way up, so I'm pleased with the result and I think we can do some steps for the next race and we'll try our best in Austin.”