Eugene Laverty is one rider who won't mind if it rains for this weekend's British MotoGP round at Silverstone.
Laverty claimed his best premier class finish in mixed conditions in Argentina at the beginning of the season with a stunning ride to fourth and registered an excellent sixth place finish last time out in the damp at Brno in the Czech Republic.
The Aspar Ducati rider has been in superb form in his second year in the class and Laverty senses another big performance could be on the cards on Sunday.
“It's one of my favourite circuits here in the UK. I was never a big fan of Donington Park so whenever the British Grand Prix returned here I was much happier because it seems to suit my riding style – it's fast and flowing and combined this year with the Ducati engine I think we can be strong,” said the Northern Ireland rider, who lost his record of scoring points in every single round in Austria, where he was taken down by Danilo Petrucci on the final lap of the race at the last corner.
“Austria was great for the most part until within sight of the finish line and then it all went horribly wrong, but that's racing. It's been good and lately we've been strong since the summer break.
“I feel comfortable on the bike and especially when it rains, we've been really good. Sunday in Brno was incredible to be in the top end during morning warm-up and then in the race to be just a few seconds behind Marc and within sight of the podium,” he added.
“I know a lot of these guys have reiterated here that they want it to be dry this weekend because in the dry you know what can happen, but I think I'm the opposite – I want it to be wet because you don't know what can happen.”
Laverty, meanwhile, will return to the World Superbike Championship in 2017 on Aprilia machinery in a team run by Shaun Muir Racing with backing from Milwaukee.
He made the decision once it became clear that he would be unable to secure a GP16 Ducati, with the sole GP16 available in the Aspar team already earmarked for new signing Alvaro Bautista next season.
“It's been a difficult period to make this choice and one of the most difficult decisions of my career. I've enjoyed these past two years here in MotoGP; last year was tough and this year has been a huge improvement,” he said.
“Of course, I wanted to continue that improvement but I had to weigh things up and the competitiveness of the machinery was the most important thing, so I've decided to return to World Superbikes. It's been fantastic and I've learnt a lot racing with these guys over these past two seasons and also I've been well looked after. In Brno when I informed Carmelo Ezpeleta [Dorna Sports CEO] of my decision he said some very kind words and that was much appreciated.”