Dani Pedrosa admitted his podium finish in the Argentina MotoGP was more than a little fortuitous after the Repsol Honda rider struggled to find any pace during the race.
Pedrosa was shunted to the outside of the track at turn one on the opening lap by Andrea Iannone, and left languishing down the field.
However, as the number of fallers began to mount, Pedrosa climbed up the order and thus time would benefit from Iannone's over enthusiasm - being promoted to a shock rostrum when the Italian collided with his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso at the penultimate turn.
“I did a good start and I wanted to go in between Marc [Marquez] and Valentino [Rossi] because Valentino had come off his line at the start, but then it started to close so I decided to go to the outside,” Pedrosa said.
“When I started to tip in at the first turn I saw a bike coming past and I couldn't avoid it, so I had to pick up my bike and I was pushed out to the edge of the first turn.
“I lost the first group and I was struggling in the back and I couldn't really recover. Unfortunately my rhythm wasn't really good and I didn't have a good feeling at all with the bike.
“In the second bike the setting was also the same and I couldn't go any faster. I was not fighting for any good position but so many riders crashed today and I was able to bring the bike to the line and that saved me one podium.”
Pedrosa missed the Argentina race in 2015 and was happy to leave with 16 championship points, although he admits the lack of punch in acceleration with the RC213V is a cause for concern ahead of the next race at Austin in Texas.
“It's the first podium of the year and it's obviously good because last year I wasn't here and I missed the race, so today I am on the podium and this is a positive thing,” he said.
“I'm looking forward to the next race and hoping to make a good step with the setting so I can be with the front guys and try to do a good lap time.
“In the race it's unbelievable how much we lose on acceleration and also in a straight line, so we will know what to expect for Austin but we will try to do some other things so we can keep up.”