Valentino Rossi was left to rue time lost during the opening laps as the Movistar Yamaha rider saw his chance battling with Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo slip away at the British MotoGP.

Rossi feels he lost too much ground in the beginning as he battled with Andrea Dovizioso and the fast-starting Aleix Espargaro, with Lorenzo and Marquez establishing a gap at the front that the Italian rider was never able to overcome.

The nine-time world champion, who came home in third place at Silverstone for his eighth podium of the season, said: "There are a lot of positive things and also it is a positive day for me personally because it is the first podium of my career at Silverstone.

"I'm also happy for the first part of the race because I was very fast, but unfortunately I wasn't able to make a great start and I lose a bit of time with Dovi and especially with [Aleix] Espargaro.

"After, I stressed too much the rear tyre and I started to lose a lot of grip and unfortunately I started to slow down and Jorge and Marc opened a gap," he added.

"I had a very good battle with Pedrosa and Dovi and I tried to stay at the front, because I was entering the corner with a very good speed."

Rossi is 10 points behind Pedrosa in third in the championship table and the 35-year-old - who surpassed Alex Barros' record of premier class starts as he lined up for the 246th time at Silverstone, is now eager to make a big impression in the next race at Misano.

"At the end it is another podium and it is good because it is the eighth podium of the season and I am not so far from Dani in the championship," he said.

"Now we have to focus on Misano and it's a track that I like a lot and I want to try and prepare 100 per cent to be as competitive as possible for this race."

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Joeski: cont'd..... GiGI seems to be speeding things up with new engines and all but new bike still will not be ready til next year at sepang...Yamaha and Honda already tested next year model..... However...I am genuinely excited to see what solutions GiGi brings for next year!!![\blockquote]

Apples & pears.
The Honda & Yamaha are just evolutions of the current machine.
The Ducati will be a completely new bike. It matters not that it will debut in Sepang. The critical thing is has GiGi got it right? As he said he only wants to do the job once, properly.