Dani Pedrosa lauded his stunning battle with Valentino Rossi in the Aragon MotoGP as one of the best of his career after prevailing for second place behind runaway winner Jorge Lorenzo.

Pedrosa refused to go down without a fight as the Repsol Honda rider responded each time Rossi made a pass on the final lap at the Spanish circuit, coming out on top to deny the world championship leader four extra points.

"It was one of the best battles [of career] because of the rival, because normally you can have a good battle with many riders as I've had in the past in other classes, but Valentino is the master of this situation," Pedrosa said.

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"He is so comfortable in this moment and he has so much confidence. He can play a lot with the bike and change lines and use different moves and change his braking points and apex points to turn the bike.

"Normally he is super comfortable but it is one of my weakest points so I'm really happy about that achievement today."

The characteristics of the MotorLand Aragon circuit meant Pedrosa didn't experience the same problems with his right arm, with arm pump forcing him to undergo surgery earlier this season.

"At this track I wasn't having that issue [with arm pump] because it is more left corners, so it my right arm is more relaxed than usually," he explained.

"When you have no pain, this also makes your brain more clear and you are more focused on what you are doing than what you are feeling."

Rossi tried all he could with the championship in mind to take second place behind his Movistar Yamaha team-mate, but Pedrosa proved a stubborn opponent and the 36-year-old was unable to make a pass stick.

"I did the battle for the championship because I needed the points and I know that with Dani, we can try to arrive close to the limit because I know it is a hard but fair battle," Rossi said.

"For me, when you race and you have the opportunity make the fight and improve one position, you have to try because this is racing."

Lorenzo admitted he had Pedrosa to thank for allowing him to slash Rossi's points advantage by nine points in one race, leaving him 14 in arrears going into the next race at Motegi in Japan on October 11.

"Obviously I couldn't see the replay of the race but I'm really excited to see the replay, especially the last lap because Dani was very brave and they were overtaking five or six times in just one lap, so it would be amazing to see," he said.

"Today I have to thank Dani because these four points are very important for the championship."


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First of all - congrats to Dani for showing the world such a wonderful performance. Awesome! I'll be the first to say that I always felt Dani lacked that 'little something extra' to ride outside his comfort zone but today, Wow!...it was almost as if he sold his soul to the devil as Rossi pulled everything he had out of his God bag of tricks and in the end, had to settle for third. Either way, that was a fierce, clean and spirited battle, almost shocking, but they both should be proud. I'll never forget it - "Instant" historic battle to go down in the history books....

Dani (hint) - if you ride with that fighting spirit on a regular basis, you will be a force to be reckoned with, more so than now and a strong contender for a World Championship. To me he looked like Stoner sliding in and out of the corners, on/over the limit, with the warrior spirit of Marco Simoncelli. How cool it that!?

Valentino made a 'Hail Mary' pass on the last corner before the straight - he wasn't holding anything back. He was doing everything in his power to overcome Dani and then some. If you think about it - you here Lorenzo, Rossi and others in the front group talk about Marquez's inability at times to make sound decision because he can't handle not winning - 2nd and 3rd is never good enough. Also, why he's crashed out so much this year (I think he finally figured it out today....he was talking and acting different. Maybe feeling like a donkey's rear and for nothing). But even when he's winning races he's on the ragged edge, never know when or if he may take you out or who knows what. The experienced guys go over the limit only in dire situations, not from the time the flag drops - well, okay...Lorenzo does it in the first couple of laps but that's his strength and he uses it effectively to control the race. And to me, Stoner is the only person Rossi technically never really broke. He did g