Tearful six-time world champion Marc Marquez said on Sunday his return to MotoGP felt like being back at school with "the older boys who tell you what to do and where to go."
The 28-year-old Spaniard finished seventh at the Portuguese Grand Prix in his first race since last July when he broke his right arm at Jerez.
Three surgeries and nine months later, Marquez was back, ending the race as the best-placed Honda rider.
"The hardest part were the first laps because I felt out of place," said Marquez, who saw Fabio Quartararo claim a third win in three for Yamaha this season.
"Like at school when you play football with older boys and they tell you what to do and where to go!
"In the early laps, I had no rhythm, no control of my bike and a lot of people started to overtake me.
"Then I calmed down and I found my place. I got my fastest lap at the end of the GP. And if we analyse it, finishing 13 seconds behind Fabio Quartararo, it's incredible."