Marc Marquez believes a good rhythm was pivotal in helping him overcome an early error to win the Aragon Grand Prix.
Repsol Honda rider Marquez has seen Valentino Rossi chip away at his lead in the MotoGP world championship in recent weeks, but victory saw him extend his advantage to 52 points.
Despite qualifying on pole, the 23-year-old fell down the order after heading into a corner too fast on lap three and losing four positions.
However, the two-time world champion maintained his composure to work his way back through the field and clinch a potentially crucial win.
"The start [was] not so good but the first lap I attacked because I know that my rhythm was better," said Marquez in his post-race interview.
"My target was to try to lead the race to avoid Rossi following me, but I made a mistake. When I was leading I nearly lost the front and then I said 'okay, stay calm' ... and step by step I got a good rhythm.
"When I overtook Valentino I pushed for two laps and then when I saw that the distance was enough I just tried to keep the rhythm.
"I'm really happy, because the last races Rossi was gaining points but now we [have] stopped [that run] and this is good."