Dani Pedrosa conceded he had no answer to his Repsol Honda team-mate after finishing as the runner-up in the Austin MotoGP.

Pedrosa was four seconds adrift at the finish after a lonely ride to second and has vowed to keep 'trying to improve' in his efforts to challenge the defending world champion.

The Spaniard is now second in the championship standings, 14 points down on Marquez after the first two races.

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"I couldn't really follow the pace so I was in second place but we will keeping trying to improve a little more and I am happy with the result," said Pedrosa, who was relieved he kept his nerve when Jorge Lorenzo rolled past at the very beginning of the race after jumping the start.

"It was an essential moment because when I saw he was passing I thought that maybe I was wrong to stay waiting for too long, but fortunately I did good [to hold station]," he said.

"I did the best I could but Marc today was just faster. Although I tried to improve with every corner, it was too difficult to gain ground on him and the distance between us increased with every lap.

"In the end, he was too far away from me. I didn't have anyone behind me either, so I just kept up my pace as best I could," added Pedrosa.

"I learnt a few things in this race and we will try to apply them and make the maximum improvement possible, in order to be able to put up more of a fight next time."

In a first for MotoGP, Pedrosa took the following 'selfie' during the podium celebrations: