Dani Pedrosa gained a fortuitous podium in the San Marino MotoGP but the Repsol Honda rider admitted his performance 'wasn't the best' at Misano.

Pedrosa lost ground in the early part of the race after languishing behind Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso following his row two start from fifth position.

The Spaniard - promoted to a rostrum place when team-mate Marc Marquez slid off at T4 on lap 10 - eventually found a way past but the leaders were long gone and Pedrosa was unable to snuff out the threat posed by Dovizioso, who trailed the Repsol Honda for the remainder of the race before finishing fourth.

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"I did a good start but going through the first turn I was kind of in a sandwich from the outside and the inside. Then in the second turn I was fourth, but I got stuck behind the Ducatis and it took me a lap or two to get in front and even more laps to pass Iannone," said Pedrosa.

"Marc attempted to keep up with Valentino and Jorge but eventually he crashed trying - they were very strong here. This race also saw many problems for us with the front and rear, so there was little that we could do.

"I tried to do the best I could and still had difficulty sticking with Dovizioso, because he also lapped very quickly; eventually we were going as fast as the Valentino and Jorge," he added.

"I could make the pass at the end for fourth but I lost a lot and unfortunately my rhythm wasn't strong. It was a hard race today, unfortunately not the best but I was pushing and trying my best."

Pedrosa was wary of Dovizioso's presence in the closing stages of the race but never looked in real danger of losing the final rostrum spot.

"Dovizioso was matching my pace all the time and I couldn't improve my lap times. I knew he would attack in the last laps so I was ready for that," he said.

"I will take the positives because it wasn't the best performance and it wasn't an easy race, but the next race is Aragon, it is my home Grand Prix and I like this track and my bike works well there."