Dani Pedrosa was left to rue a less than ideal start to the Japanese MotoGP as the Repsol Honda rider left himself with too much ground to make up on the top three at Motegi.

Pedrosa improved in the second part of the race and at the finish was only half a second behind Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who claimed the final rostrum place behind team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez, whose runner-up finish sealed the MotoGP world title.

"I wasn't as fast off the start as the riders at the front, which meant that I lost two or three seconds early on. However, later I was able to come back, set good times and cut the distance a lot," said Pedrosa.

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"However, as has happened to me before on other occasions this season, I was continually having to make up the time that I had lost at the start.

"I have to congratulate Marc and his team today, because they have done a really good job this season and deserve the title."

Pedrosa is now tied on points in the championship table with Rossi in third place ahead of the final three rounds at Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia.

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not the first time pedrosa claims he needed "1 more" lap. He seems to need always that extra lap that never comes. Get a grip Danny and do it in the laps you have...its completely irrelevant what would happen "if". Surely you can, you just need to want a little more...