Danilo Petrucci described his second top-six finish in as many races as "positive" as he consolidated his eighth position in the MotoGP championship.

Two weeks after an inspired ride to second at a soaking wet Silverstone, Petrucci tested the GP14.2 - given to him at Misano for the remainder of the year - in wet conditions for the first time.

After finishing the first lap in 14th, Petrucci made excellent progress to sit ninth as he entered the pits for the first time on lap seven.

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Exiting on wet tyres, he climbed to fourth two laps later and although he felt he pitted for the second time two laps too late, he saw positives in finishing sixth and top Ducati for the second race in succession.

"At the end we are happy because with the dry conditions, the normal conditions, I think it was difficult to reach the sixth position," said the Italian. "I take some risks when it starts to rain. I reach the group in front of me. Then I switch the bike and was in fourth position for almost all the race. When there were seven or eight laps to go I think that we finish with the rain but the ground is so black I didn't understand the situation.

"I maybe miss one or two laps for change the bike the second time. In the end I lost two positions but anyway, it's positive for us. Another sixth place, another top ten and we are reaching Pedrosa even if he is much, much faster. We are constant during the championship. Now Pol Espargaro is a little bit more behind so we did our best today.

"When the team show the 'Box' I immediately go in but maybe one lap later to manage to be in fourth. Maybe two laps before. When you are fourth and near the podium again it's difficult to take the decision, the risk. Anyway, I don't complain. We didn't make any mistake and did our best again so I'm really happy."

In some ways Petrucci was relieved to finish the race after he revealed the track surface was treacherous as it dried while riders' machines were fitted with wet tyres.

"It was very dangerous. It was very, very slippery. We were riding 30 seconds slower with the new tyre on the wet ground that was not so wet. When the ground is not fully wet these tyres are not so grippy and have not so much traction, especially on the rear. It was difficult on the straight to have some traction."

Petrucci now has twelve points in hand over Pol Espargaro, who failed to finish.