Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso is aiming to build on his excellent rostrum finish in the wet at Silverstone as he enters this weekend's San Marino MotoGP round in buoyant mood.

Dovizioso clinched third place on the GP15 last time out at the British round of the championship and is quietly optimistic of another strong weekend in Italy, aided by a test at Misano at the end of August.

The Italian rider - currently fifth in the championship standings, 30 points behind team-mate Andrea Iannone - said: "At Silverstone my GP15 was more competitive, and the Misano test at the end of August helped with that, so we come here pretty confident.

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"We know that it won't be easy to repeat that performance, but at least now we can stay closer to the guys at the front, as you could see in England.

"I have to admit that the Misano track is not one of my favourites, but this GP is also our second 'home' race so I feel sure our tifosi will provide us with an extra gear."

Dovizioso has never actually been on the Misano podium in the seven MotoGP races he has competed in since 2008, achieving his best result of fourth place in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro lines up as a wildcard entry for the second time this season at the Adriatic Riviera track, which is situated just down the A14 motorway from Ducati headquarters at Borgo Panigale.

"I am very happy to return to racing with the Desmosedici GP15 and to do so at Misano is an extra thrill," said Pirro.

"I have to dial myself in and get into the groove again pretty quickly, because today's MotoGP is tougher than ever.

"I haven't raced a GP since the Italian round at Mugello although I have done some tests in which we managed to understand lots of things about our bike.

"I'll be committed to getting a good result that fully lives up to the GP15's excellent potential."