Having come within half a second of a podium finish in Indianapolis last weekend, and with the crowd behind him at a circuit just 65km from his home town of Forli, Andrea Dovizioso will be going all-out for a rostrum finish at Misano on Sunday.
Fourth place at Indy also put the Repsol Honda two points closer to Colin Edwards in the world championship standings. With Edwards on 123 points and Dovizioso on 120, a strong finish for the Italian looks likely to promote him to fifth spot in the title race.
“I love the atmosphere at Misano and this will be a special weekend for me,” said the 2009 MotoGP race winner. “It's my home grand prix and this is the track where I started my motorsport adventure so I'm really looking forward to riding here for the factory Honda team - that's a dream come true.
“I used to race at Misano while I was racing in the Italian Championship so it's great to return and ride in such familiar surroundings as a MotoGP rider. I think we can have a strong race here, especially after the good job we did on the machine at Indianapolis.
“We will start this weekend with the new set-up that we used for the Indianapolis race because my crew came up with some very useful adjustments to the machine which allowed me to get a better feeling and move forward in the race.
“All in all, I'm confident for Misano and I can't wait to get back out on track,” he concluded.
Dovizioso's Donington victory surprisingly remains his only podium of the season so far, having finished in fourth place no less than five times.