Randy de Puniet is confident of continuing his best ever start to a MotoGP season this weekend in Catalunya.
The LCR Honda rider, who graduated to MotoGP in 2006, sits sixth in the world championship after the first six rounds of the season, making him the leading satellite rider.
de Puniet has qualified second on the grid at the last two rounds, and finished sixth at the last three races, helping build 56 points. That compares with 42 points at the same stage in 2009, 18 points in 2008, 19 in 2007 and 11 in 2006.
Should de Puniet continue his perfect 2010 finishing record, he is likely to move ahead of the absent Valentino Rossi this weekend, but is facing pressure from Casey Stoner and Ben Spies.
“Barcelona is another fast race track with many fast corners,” said Randy of this weekend's event. “It is another track that suits my riding style and the way we have been working so far makes me confident to get another positive result.
“I won two races in 250cc class and got the front in 2007 with Kawasaki so I have got very good memories about this circuit.
“I do not want to dream about the podium because I need to stay focused on our job to take as many points as possible but I am pretty sure we can lap in the front once again as the overall package is quite good at the moment.”
de Puniet's best end-of-year MotoGP result is eleventh overall, with a best points tally of 108, both of which he looks set to shatter this season.