Fresh from seizing his second Ducati podium, during the wet-dry Assen race, Andrea Dovizioso has played down his chances of repeating the feat in dry conditions this weekend in Germany.

Following bike swaps on the drying track, Dovizioso lead throughout the middle stages of the Assen race before finally succumbing to the superior speed of Honda's world champion Marc Marquez.

The Italian, who claimed his first Desmosedici rostrum in a race heavily effected by tyre wear in Texas, said: "The result at Assen was very important for me and the Ducati Team, but I don't think we have the speed in dry conditions to be able to aim for the podium too much. As always however we must push 100% and improve over last year."

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The good news for Dovizioso is that, while Friday looks as if it will remain dry, some forecasts predict rain for both Saturday and Sunday.

Dovizioso has claimed one previous Sachsenring podium, with Tech 3 Yamaha in 2012, but was seventh and 30-seconds from victory for Ducati last season.

"In my opinion Sachsenring is too short and too tight for MotoGP, but I think the bike has improved from last year so we have to show the difference at every race, like we did at Assen."

The Assen result moved Dovizioso ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo for fourth place in the world championship and came at a perfect time in terms of contract negotiations for 2015.

Dovizioso is among the names linked with the returning Suzuki project but most believe Ducati will do whatever it takes to keep him on board for Gigi Dall'Igna's much anticipated Desmosedici re-design.