Marc Marquez has said his strategy at Brno could have been better but admits the result was a good one in the circumstances.
The MotoGP World Championship leader finished on the podium with a third-place finish and still holds a 53-point lead on Valentino Rossi.
Cal Crutchlow won the race in the Czech Republic, while Rossi came in second, which meant that Marquez only lost four points to the Italian in the standings. Marquez also extended his lead over Jorge Lorenzo after the Spaniard missed out on the points.
“Today, we didn’t do the best strategy or the best tyre choice but OK, it was completely my decision because I honestly expected a flag to flag race,” Marquez said.
“Normally here, it can dry very quick but it kept wet and then when I realised in the race that all the race will be wet, I say, ‘OK, I need to manage the tyres’.
“I was trying to find all the wet parts and when Crutchlow and Valentino overtook me, I saw with the line on the tyre that they were on the hard and I say, ‘forget, because their grip was much more’.
“I forget these two riders and started concentrating on the two Ducatis – [Andrea] Iannone and [Hector] Barbera, to try to control them.”
Despite not winning the race Marquez said he feels comfortable riding his Honda in all conditions.
“For me, the most important is that I feel strong in the dry and in the wet so this for the championship will be very important,” the 23-year-old added.
“In dry conditions, acceleration is much more important and it is our weak point. In the wet, the limit of acceleration is the rear tyre, it is not the engine or the wheelie.
“So then for that reason we are more competitive. On dry, in the corners I feel strong and I can see this here because in FP2 I was very strong with no acceleration.”