Jorge Lorenzo said he was 'very proud' after coming off second best once more in a MotoGP head-to-head with Marc Marquez at Silverstone.
Lorenzo led the way for more than half of the race until Marquez made inroads in the second part of the British MotoGP showdown, having to settle for the runner-up spot after trading blows with the Repsol Honda rider on the final laps.
"No [the pass was not unfair] it was aggressive," Lorenzo said of the final exchange for the lead. "Marc is more aggressive than other riders and has a bike that permits him to ride like that.
"He is very good at braking. But our bike for the moment, even though we have improved the braking compared to last year, we cannot make those kind of lines. So it is very difficult to defend the position."
The Movistar Yamaha contender said fading grip levels, which resulted in a dip in acceleration off the corners, prevented him from launching a more concerted challenge for his first win of the season.
"Anyway the tyre this weekend was not the best for us. We improved the bike so much from Friday, which was a complete disaster. I was losing 1.3s every lap, so to finish just seventh tenths off [Marquez] after 20 laps is something that we really hadn't expected," Lorenzo said.
"We improved the corner speed in warm-up and then finally I made a good start this year and was first into the first corner; I pushed really, really hard to be as fast as possible better than ever.
"We need a few tenths to open a gap. We had only four or five tenths and he was catching me in some parts of the track. I had nothing left to fight, especially when the rear tyre started to go off. I didn't have the same acceleration that I had in the beginning,” he added.
“So what I was losing in the braking, I couldn't make up in acceleration like in the first part of the race. But we left everything on the track so I'm very proud of my race.”
Lorenzo said contact with Marquez as the battled for the lead a few laps from the end cost him half-a-second, although Marquez was unapologetic over the pass, which he also described as 'aggressive' but 'great'.
“It was clear that Marc was the favourite. Sometimes you get a surprise. I make a good start, push at the maximum and ride better than ever,” Lorenzo said.
“Our bike has improved but the Honda is so good. Little by little we improve and we fought with Marc. We touched, it lost me half-a-second. By then the rear tyre was destroyed.”