Andrea Dovizioso continued the momentum from his first Yamaha podium and strong post Catalunya test sessions by setting a competitive pace in both of Friday's practice sessions for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

Third in the wet morning session (+0.799s), the Italian then put his Tech 3 machine into sixth place (+0.657s) in the dry and blustery afternoon outing.

"This morning it was good to get some more time in the wet to work on the rain setting that we found in Le Mans. The bike worked well in France and it was positive again this morning to finish third," said Dovi.

"Although it was dry this afternoon the conditions were really tricky and not a lot of fun. It was so windy and that made it very difficult to control the bike. I am reasonably happy to be in sixth but we have some margin to improve and I am still close to the top three.

"That is the positive but we have to wait and see what will happen with the weather. It looks like more rain is coming but we are ready for anything and confident in the wet or dry of building on the podium achieved at the last race in Catalunya."

Team-mate and home star Cal Crutchlow was fifth and eighth in the two track sessions.

Although just over 0.1s behind Dovizioso in the dry, the Englishman was unable to find a comfortable set-up and is seeking 'big improvements' overnight.

"It hasn't been the best start to my home race and we have definitely got to make some big improvements," he said.

"This morning in the wet it didn't feel too bad but I expected to be fast after fighting for the podium in the rain at Le Mans recently. But in the dry this afternoon I had a lot of problems and the bike was quite difficult to ride.

"Conditions were tricky because the wind was really strong and making it difficult but it is going to be a long night checking the data and analysing where we can improve. I am not fast enough but we know we have room for improvement.

"I will come out fighting tomorrow and hope to put on a good show for the British fans braving the weather."