Dani Pedrosa had few complaints as he came out on top of an entertaining battle with Open class rider Aleix Espargaro in the Dutch MotoGP to finish on the podium in third.

Pedrosa and Espargaro traded blows for much of the race until the Repsol Honda star pulled away in the final stages to consolidate the position behind team-mate Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso.

Given the tricky conditions in the first third of the race, Pedrosa was satisfied to be on the rostrum as he now looks ahead to round nine at the Sachsenring.

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"I had a good battle with Aleix [Espargaro] and we were passing each other; he was in front then I was in front and it was nice," said Pedrosa.

"I tried to push because the track was better in the end and it was good to finish on the podium in a race like this, because you never know what can happen.

"I was quite calm before the start of the race, but I decided not to push so much on the opening laps and I lost touch with Marc and Dovi," Pedrosa added.

"I should have pushed more in the opening laps - but I chose not to in case it rained again - as the track began to dry out."

Pedrosa focused on staying calm at the start of the race when riders faced a tyre choice dilemma after rain left the circuit wet in some parts.

"It was a very difficult race and was even a bit chaotic at first, when it came to having to decide which tyres to put on the bike," he said.

"I kept a cool head and chose the option of wets, because at first the track was a little damp.
we are now focusing on doing a good job in Germany."