Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa had to settle for the final place on the rostrum at Jerez despite launching a late attack on Valentino Rossi.
Pedrosa spent much of the race in fourth position behind Movistar Yamaha pair Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo as race winner Marc Marquez controlled the pace from the front, but made his move to slot into third behind Rossi with seven laps remaining.
However, the Spaniard was unable to get close enough to Rossi and conceded second place by nine hundredths of a second at the line to maintain his record of finishing on the podium at Jerez for the past ten years.
“The race today was very difficult; I had problems with the front tyre from the opening lap and I tried to overcome the situation as best I could,” Pedrosa said.
“I saw that Marc was breaking away but couldn't do anything to stick with him - it was completely his race today.
“I was able to stay behind the Yamahas for many laps, and at the end I made my attack. I was able to overtake [Jorge] Lorenzo but would have needed one or two more corners to try and pass [Valentino] Rossi. I did my best and took third place,” he added.
“We will see if at tomorrow's test we can be closer to Marc and fight to the maximum at the next race.”