Jorge Lorenzo held his hands up and admitted he simply didn't have the pace to challenge race winner Dani Pedrosa or team-mate Valentino Rossi at Misano.
The reigning MotoGP world champion claimed the final place on the rostrum on the Movistar Yamaha and paid tribute to Pedrosa afterwards, saying the Repsol Honda rider deserved his first premier class win since Sepang 2015.
“I cannot be very happy, but also I cannot be disappointed because a podium is a podium and I did my best today to keep the wheel of Rossi first and then Dani, who was clearly faster than us. So, today was the day of Dani and he has everything perfect and he rode unbelievably, even faster than his lap time in the qualifying, so he deserves his victory because he fights a lot during this period,” said Lorenzo.
“I tried all the race to close the gap with Rossi but I couldn't, so today wasn't my day, they were faster and you have to accept this.”
Lorenzo said he had some issues stopping his factory YZR-M1 on the brakes in some corners, but overall he was happy with the performance of the Yamaha.
“In some corners I couldn't stop so much the bike, but finally the bike was working well and the pace was good. Rossi's pace was very constant, he didn't make mistakes and I just needed one tenth or one tenth-and-a-half in some laps,” said Lorenzo, who felt the medium front Michelin tyre was the only viable option prior to the race.
“For me, probably the hardest option was the worst today because with conditions very hot, it probably doesn't turn very well in the middle of the corner, especially in the left side. The medium one was okay and the soft one, we will not know because we didn't try.
“I think for our bike the medium was okay. Now, probably the soft one could be an option but if you do not try then you cannot put for the race.”