Yonny Hernandez was pleased to win "a nice fight with many touches" in Sunday's MotoGP at Jerez.

Coming off the back of two DNFs in Austin and Argentina, Hernandez equalled his tenth position at the first round in Qatar after saving tyres in the early stages of the race.

Locked in a five-way fight for the position with Maverick Vi?ales, Petrucci, Scott Redding and Karel Abraham, Petrucci held on as just over two seconds separated the group at the chequered flag.

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"It was a really hard race but nice because I was in a good group fighting for the top ten," he said. "27 laps around this track is hard but we could stay focussed. I think I was smart at the beginning because I don't push so much and save the tyres until the end. It was ok at we made 1m 41s and it gave me the top ten.

"My rivals in practice through the weekend were Petrux [Petrucci] and Vi?ales. At the end it was good because I can stay in the top. Two races ago two 'zeros'. Now the top ten. This is good for me and the team. I need to improve again in Le Mans. I want to be strong again."

Team-mate Petrucci was frustrated at losing out to Hernandez late on after a weekend which saw him qualify inside the top twelve and finish twelfth at one of his less favoured circuits.

"I started very well," said the 24-year old. "In the first few laps I was the first rider of Ducati and this gave me a great satisfaction, especially because I was keeping a good pace. When I passed Iannone, however, I didn't manage to stay behind him.

"Then I had a good fight with Yonny but let Vi?ales get closer and closer and I could not hold the eleventh place in the last lap. But that's ok also because on this circuit I do not feel very comfortable as there are a lot of stop and go [turns] and I like tracks smoother and faster.

"It was hard but it is a lot of experience that I put in my pocket. I am here to work and to learn and being with the top riders I'm learning a lot. In the end I'm glad for this weekend. We made great qualifying and a good race".