Six rounds to go and Bradley Smith finds himself sandwiched between a factory Ducati and factory Honda rider in the MotoGP standings.

While the Englishman is currently safe in terms of being the top satellite rider - sitting 33 points clear of Danilo Petrucci (Pramac) - he lost fifth in the championship to Andrea Dovizioso by five points at Silverstone, with Dani Pedrosa now just 12 points behind.

"It was a bit of a tough race at Silverstone, but I gave my absolute all for my home fans and overall the finish was not too bad, plus the experience certainly has raised my confidence with riding in the wet," Smith said ahead of this weekend's Misano event.

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"In the past, I have scored a few podiums at Misano in the 125cc class so I have some happy memories and these will spur me on to get a good result.

"Plus, I am only five points from Dovizioso in the championship standings, which makes me even more determined to push hard. The track has recently been resurfaced which is positive, yet we will start with a slight disadvantage as Ducati and a few other teams tested there recently.

"However, we will take everything step by step in order to clinch a solid grid position on Saturday after working on the best possible setup for Sunday as I want to be able to do a top job."

With Smith at least stayed on board at Silverstone, team-mate Pol Espargaro suffered his third non-score of the season.

"We certainly made some steps forward at the previous GP and despite the unfortunate DNF, I am sure we can carry the positives over to San Marino," he said. "I will definitely try my very best as I aim to get into the top six and beat my team-mate. I can't wait to get the show on the road and make the Italian fans cheer!"

Espargaro is ninth in the championship, two points behind new podium finisher Petrucci.