Alvaro Bautista showed his wet weather skills by coming home fifth in last year's British GP as a Suzuki rider, his best finish of the season.

Now in his first year on the San Carlo Honda Gresini RC213V, the Spaniard has a trio of sixth place finishes to his credit, including last time out in Catalunya.

The post-Catalunya test gave Bautista more confidence in the front end, which allows him to attack the corners with more conviction. Like most riders, Bautista is concerned about the weather, which is forecast to be wet and cool.

"Catalunya was a positive grand prix because we proved that if we can qualify and start better then we have the pace to run at the front. Now we take that confidence to Silverstone, especially after such a good test," said Bautista.

"My feeling with the bike has improved a lot and I am able to tackle the corners with much more conviction. This is a nice, long, fast and wide track and I really like it.

"Obviously, everything will depend on the weather, which tends to be cold and wet in England. Anyway, I'm hoping to have a good race on a very different bike to the one I rode here last year.

"I am sure I can have fun on the Honda RC213V here and enjoy another positive weekend."