Jorge Lorenzo was pleased with the fact that the Yamaha riders were able to improve significantly from qualifying at Indianapolis, but admitted that he just wasn’t able to keep Marc Marquez behind him for the entire race.
Lorenzo had started behind the Honda pair of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on the grid, but overtook both in the first corner to lead the race for 24 of its 27 laps.
"Even going faster than in practice our pace was not enough to win from Marc and his Honda, who were very strong all weekend," Lorenzo said.
"I pushed a lot in every corner and I probably lost more energy than Marc, who was following me. When he attacked I really didn't have enough energy and I wasn't fresh enough to make an attack on him."
The second place finish meant Lorenzo only gained four points on Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP Championship standings, but at the disappointment of finishing in second place, the Spaniard wasn’t too upset with how the weekend went at a track where Yamaha traditionally struggles.
"It could have been worse and it could have been better," Lorenzo added
"We were really close to recover more points, probably twelve if we could have won the race and Valentino finished in fourth. But finally he overtook Dani and I lost the position with Marc and we could just recover four point.
"But anyway much better at this moment to be nine points behind than 13. So I can be happy. For sure in the future we will arrive at tracks where we can be more competitive and then we'll have to take profit and win races."