Off the podium just once in the opening five MotoGP races this season, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was absent from the rostrum for the next six rounds.

The drought ended in the Silverstone rain, where the Italian rode from twelfth to third behind countrymen Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati).

"I am really pleased with this third place and I want to say thanks to my team, because we are working so hard to try and get back to being competitive once again," Dovizioso said.

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"Today was not an easy day for many reasons: we started from the fourth row of the grid and I almost crashed at the start because the rear tyre suddenly lost grip and I found myself at the back of the field. Despite this I succeeded in making a good recovery, even getting up into second place.

"It was a really tough race, and Petrucci and I had a great battle, so I'm also happy for his excellent result. In the final stages we were taking too many risks when we were passing and re-passing each other, and seeing as it was important for us to get back onto the podium, in the end I concentrated on holding onto my third place."

Dovizioso has reclaimed fifth in the championship standings from Bradley Smith, while team-mate Andrea Iannone is now nine points from Marc Marquez and third overall after the Spaniard's fall.

"It was not such a positive weekend from the point of view of the final result, but at least in the standings I was able to get closer to third place," said Iannone, who finished in eighth place. "We encountered a bit of difficulty throughout the three days and my bike was not easy to manage due to the bumps on the track, which created a lot of problems for us.

"In the race I struggled in particular with the rear when turning into the curves and above all at the start I was very slow. Then, as the laps went by, I reduced the amount of engine braking and the situation improved a lot, but I was never able to find the consistency that I would have liked."