Randy de Puniet, who injured his ankle when he was taken out by Hiroshi Aoyama in last Sunday's Catalan MotoGP, will be fit to ride at Silverstone this weekend.

There had been concerns that de Puniet - who qualified on the front row for last year's Silverstone event and finished sixth - would join Dani Pedrosa on the sidelines.

And with Colin Edwards needing to pass a medical before he can return this weekend, there was the potential for a premier-class grid of just 14 riders

However de Puniet has confirmed that he will be able to ride, although he is far from 100 percent fit.

"I must say that I really didn't need this ankle injury," said the Pramac Ducati rider, who has finished just one of the five races this year. "I tried to relax the last couple of days, and fortunately, my doctor visit ruled out ligament damage.

"It's a shame because I did well at Silverstone [last year], especially in qualifying. I hope that although my physical condition is not 100%, I can repeat that performance this weekend."

Team-mate Loris Capirossi took his best result of the season with ninth at Catalunya, and is looking forward to Silverstone.

"I'm positive about the next race. We've recently found a good base, and we'll try to put it to good use at Silverstone, which is a difficult race, as the track is still pretty new for everyone," said the Italian.

"The weather conditions here could shuffle the cards more than usual, so we'll have to do a good job and take advantage of this situation."