Dani Pedrosa took plenty of positives from his rostrum finish in the Catalunya MotoGP even though a last lap mistake by the Repsol Honda rider ended his victory hopes and cost him second place.

Pedrosa ran wide after touching team-mate Marc Marquez's rear wheel, allowing Valentino Rossi through to take second place a few corners from the finish, but the Spanish star was more than pleased with his weekend's work after an 'amazing, special' home race.

"I'm really, really happy with the race and overall with the weekend because after Mugello my target was to improve my weaknesses like qualifying, my start and the first laps and overtakes: things like that," said Pedrosa.

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"I was able to improve all these little things and at the end I could say with the front group. It was an amazing race because at the beginning of the race when I was in the 'train', I could imagine how it was for the fans to see the top four riders riding very close together for many laps.

"It was a really special race and I was feeling quite good with the bike; the setting was really nice and I had a good battle with Valentino, Marc and Jorge [Lorenzo] for all the race and in the end I tried to push a lot be because Marc was riding well.

"I knew I had a good chance to win and on the last lap I tried some overtakes and Marc overtook me back and finally I touched him," he added. "He did a very smart last lap and really pushed strong.

"It was just a shame I lost one position [in the contact with Marquez] but today I don't feel sad for third place - I'm really pleased with the weekend."

Pedrosa, who has recovered from surgery to cure an arm-pump problem, was left confused during the final laps of the race when Marquez raised his hand and slowed his pace, although it later became clear that the defending world champion had allowed Rossi back into the lead after fearing he had made an overtake under a yellow flag.

"My arm feels much better now and I could see during the race it was better than in Mugello so I'm pleased with this and it gives me some more confidence for the next race," said Pedrosa.

"I also had a little bit of confusion on the lap when Marc moved out a little bit and Valentino passed us; I was behind and I couldn't see anything, then I just saw Marc's arm.

"Valentino looked at me like, 'what's going on?' and then I saw the door and I went through, but I thought 'this pass is too easy'. Then on the right I could see some marshals so I thought maybe there was a yellow flag that I didn't see, so just in case I put my hand up also and tried to get back to third."

Pedrosa holds third place in the standings after the first seven races of the season and is five points behind Rossi in second.