Dovizioso upbeat ahead of Silverstone race

Things haven't gone his way recently, but Andrea Dovizioso admits he "expects a lot" from this weekend's British Grand Prix.

After starting the season with four podium finishes in the first five races, Dovizioso and Ducati's fortunes have gone backwards with the Italian retiring in three of the last six events.

However, he finished a credible sixth last time out in Brno and with Silverstone next on the calendar, the 29-year-old is upbeat about his chances.

"Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits, it’s really beautiful and I am happy to go there for the race on Sunday," he said.

"For sure I expect a lot from this race, but we still have to improve the feeling with the front before we can aim for a good result, especially because the top guys are in perfect form at the moment. I am however optimistic about the upcoming weekend in England."