Dani Pedrosa finished runner-up to unbeaten team-mate Marc Marquez for the third time this season during Sunday's German MotoGP.
Pedrosa found himself demoted to the unofficial second row during the chaotic pit lane start, but was able to shadow his team-mate as they moved through the field - although he lost a few valuable tenths during a close moment with slick-starter Stefan Bradl.
“It was really tricky at the beginning, but these decisions on the grid are not easy for anyone because you don't have so much time to change the bike. Finally for most of the riders it was the same choice," said Pedrosa.
“I think now if we look back maybe Bradl's choice was the good one, but finally it came out quite good. I was fast constantly every lap, so happy with that.
“Just maybe that lap with [passing] Bradl - Marc made the move for the lead, I was trying to make the move also but maybe my decision there was not good and I lost 0.5 to Marc. Then it was the same pace for all the race.”
Pedrosa kept the pressure on Marquez until lap 20 of 30, when the younger Spaniard finally gained breathing room and went on to claim his ninth win in a row by 1.466s.
“Marc was maybe one tenth faster, but overall it was good. I had two crashes this weekend and the team also did a good job repairing the bikes and getting ready for this kind of start today.”
The result moves Pedrosa seven points clear of Valentino Rossi in the battle for best of the rest behind Marquez.
“We are able to ride better now and we have the Brno test this week where we will try some things and try to find some extra speed and be ready for Indy. Of course it will be a tough week but we will rest a bit after the test.”