Dani Pedrosa said he was happy to finish on the podium less than two weeks after suffering a huge crash in testing at Catalunya.
The Spaniard, who was runner-up in the 2007 MotoGP championship, had yet another battle with Valentino Rossi and had to settle for third spot.
But Pedrosa said that was enough for him this weekend.
He said: “This has been a difficult weekend with the weather changing all the time and only one day of dry practice.
“So, considering that and the effects of my crash during the tests at Barcelona I think that finishing on the podium is a good result for us.
“I pushed hard today and I really wanted to get second.
“Unfortunately, starting from the third row at a tight track with a short run to the first corner was never going to be easy.
“I got a good start, but I got a bit boxed in through the first corner and I lost some time while I as behind Dovizioso.
“Once I got up with Valentino we had a good battle, mad a few passes but I made a couple of mistakes so I lost the possibility to finish second.
“My Michelin tyres worked well today but I struggled a bit through the direction changes.
“Anyway, we got some good points for the championship ad we can look forward to getting a better result at Assen next weekend.