Quedgeley's Scott Redding ended his fourth MotoGP race "satisfied" following a top 13 finish for the rising star.
After struggling in the last two rounds as well as on the opening days at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, Redding started the race from 18th position.
The 21-year-old was soon able to make up positions on his Go&Fun Gresini Honda, and was up into 12th by the sixth lap of 27.
Chasing his target of fellow Honda production racer Nicky Hayden, Redding suffered from a lack of grip on both front and rear tyres, meaning his pace slowed down and he was forced to stay in 13th position, 43 seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez.
Redding said: “The race was the best part of the weekend for me because I was finally inside the top 15 after two complicated days of practice and qualifying.
"I had to make quite an aggressive move on Crutchlow early in the race.
"He looked like he was having a problem but the fact that he was holding the line meant it was difficult to pass him.
"Unfortunately, the delay meant I lost contact with Hayden and when I tried to push to catch him I almost closed the front.
"Anyway, my rhythm was not so bad until the tyre started to drop off and the rear started spinning up a lot.
"All in all I’m pretty satisfied with the race, but it’s obvious we still have a lot of work to do.”