Andrea Dovizioso heads to the German Grand Prix determined to shrug off two consecutive failures to finish as he searches for his first MotoGP podium of the season at the Sachsenring.
The Italian has dropped to sixth in the overall standings, behind Colin Edwards, after being unable to get on the score sheet at Assen or Laguna Seca.
However, Dovizioso was taking heart from his strong pace on both occasions, insisting it is proof that he can compete with the leaders in a straight fight.
"I'm very motivated to show my potential and the potential of the machine in Germany because at the last two races we have improved a lot, without getting the results to match,” the Repsol Honda rider said.
“The race results in Assen and Laguna were disappointing, but the recent signs have been encouraging, especially in Laguna where we were very close to the leaders and I had a good race pace and a package that meant I was capable of fighting for the front positions. Unfortunately I made a mistake, but it's just something you learn from and move on.
Although he doesn't consider the Sachsenring circuit as a personal highlight of the season, Dovizioso is nonetheless confident of a return to form.
“I wouldn't say the Sachsenring racetrack is one of my favourites of the year but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
“It's is quite short, with a very slow first beginning section followed by a very fast second half. The team is getting stronger all the time and I'm confident we can have a good weekend."