Having taken over from Dani Pedrosa as the man leading the charge towards Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso travels to the next round of the MotoGP at Assen with his sights set on only victory.
The Italian has been a model of consistency so far this season, scoring podiums in all but one of the first five races, while Silverstone heralded one of his most convincing performances at this level to date with a run to second place.
Turning his attentions to Assen, although Dovizioso admits the short straights and high-speed bends are unlikely to suit his Repsol Honda RC212V, he is confident that the manufacturer is making improvements all the time.
With that in mind, Dovizioso is not ruling out challenging for race victory in what will be the 80th running of the Dutch TT.
“We go to Assen very motivated,” he said. “After the second place in Silverstone on a new track, we look forward to race on the historical track of Assen. It's not one track that I particularly like after the modifications, but we feel strong and we will be strong also there.
“The characteristics of the circuit are not so favourable for us, because it has a lot of corners with high speed, but we are really confident and we look forward to do another step forward. We are improving race after race, so I'm happy and we will work hard to be faster and be able to fight for the win.”
Dovizioso is currently 37 points behind Lorenzo in the overall standings and five points up on team-mate Pedrosa.