Following his dramatic exit from the last round in Russia, Eugene Laverty is hoping the weather will prove rather less inclement at Silverstone this weekend as he looks to boost his flagging title hopes.

The Irishman was in contention for a podium at the Moscow Raceway when he slipped on the increasingly treacherous circuit, Laverty barrelling out of the race into another costly DNF.

Now 49 points adrift of the championship lead, currently held by Aprilia team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, Laverty is hoping a return to favourite territory will help turn things around.

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"I really enjoy Silverstone, it's a long lap and the fast flowing nature of the circuit makes it one of my favourites. Weather played havoc with the previous round in Moscow and so it would be nice if we could have two dry races on Sunday."