Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo returns to Catalunya, where he suffered a last turn defeat at the hands of team-mate Valentino Rossi one year ago, chasing his third 2010 race victory in three weekends.
Lorenzo took an emphatic victory in Assen last time out, backing up a win at Silverstone eight days earlier. The Spaniard currently leads the championship standings by 47 points over Dani Pedrosa, a margin he'll be keen to extend further with a win in front of his home crowd this weekend.
Lorenzo was involved in one of the most thrilling battles of the 800cc era last season as he battled team-mate Rossi for victory at the Barcelona circuit.
"I remember very well the race last year, especially and unfortunately the final corner," said Lorenzo, during the pre-event press conference. "Nobody wants to lose a race, but at least I learnt a very important lesson that day."
This year there will be no Rossi, as the Italian is still recovering from his Mugello injury, leaving Lorenzo as the clear favourite this weekend.
"This race is very important for all the Spanish riders, but we got our home win in Jerez earlier in the season, so the pressure is off for us. Of course, it would be good to win, but most important is to finish."
Despite his convincing lead in the standings, the Fiat Yamaha rider emphasised that it's individual races he's focussed on now, not the championship title.
"This is a bit premature, but the press has to write something and this is what they say," declared Lorenzo, when asked how it felt to be viewed as the champion elect so early in the season. "There are still a lot of races to go, so we'll see where we are when the season is done."
Also at the press conference was Dani Pedrosa, probably the biggest threat facing Lorenzo as he attempts to rack up his hat trick of wins this weekend. The Repsol Honda rider was second last time out in Assen, but has had an up and down season so far.