Andrea Dovizioso is hoping he can call on his good previous form around the Circuit de Catalunya to help him take the 'step forward' he needs to challenge for victory.
Dovizioso has enjoyed strong results through the classes in Barcelona, the Italian finishing no lower than fourth over the last six seasons – including a win at 250cc level.
Indeed, having lost some of his momentum with a run to fifth position in the Dutch TT, Dovizioso is confident the Repsol Honda RC212V will be well suited to the Circuit de Catalunya.
“I'm happy to be going to the Catalunya Grand Prix straight after the last race so that we can quickly turn page on the result in Assen and aim for a good result in Montmelo. This is one of my favourite circuits, it suits my riding style and I think it should be good also for the Honda RC212V machines.
“It's a long track with fast corners and it's a great feeling when you find the right flow and link one turn with the next. There is also a fantastic atmosphere at this track, and when you enter the final four corners it feels like a stadium and the sensation is incredible. I have always had good results here and I'm feeling really motivated.
“We have been strong so far this season and generally we have been improving race by race. We've finished on the podium quite a few times, and thanks to the work we put in over the winter we've been closer to front- running pace at most races.
“Still, we need to take another step forward so that we can compete for victory - that's what we'll try to do this weekend. I'm looking forward to the next challenge in Spain.”