Scott Redding was happy with his Catalunya MotoGP race efforts, despite losing a place due to a post-race penalty.

The Gresini Honda rookie had crossed the line in twelfth place, as the top RCV1000R rider, but the penalty - for gaining an advantage in running off at turn one - meant he dropped to 13th, behind Aspar's Nicky Hayden.

Hayden had finished 0.378s behind Redding at the line.

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"Overall I'm pretty happy with the race today, although the penalty is obviously disappointing," said the Englishman. "I came together with Crutchlow early on, which lost me some time and allowed Hayden to close, but the gamble we took with the softer option tyre proved to be a good one and I managed to hold him off to the end.

"I'm happy because we achieved our target of being the first production Honda home at a circuit that isn't one of my favourites. Unfortunately the result didn't stand because of the penalty imposed after the race.

"I had a problem backshifting into turn one and, rather than risk a crash, I opted to run on. I gained a little bit of time, but in sector two I slowed to make up for this. In the end I got penalised for the time I made up in turn one and me slowing down in sector two wasn't taken into account.

"It's difficult to accept, because if I hadn't slowed down to make things fair, even with the penalty I'd have finished twelfth. Yes, I'm disappointed, but there's nothing I can do about it, so we have to move on."

Redding remains 14th in the MotoGP Championship standings, but now trails Hayden by three points.