Andrea Dovizioso is hopeful of putting in a similar performance around Laguna Seca to that of last year when he battled with Valentino Rossi prior to being eliminated in an accident.
The Italian continued to notch up the points with a solid run to fifth position at the Sachsenring, but with Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa winning in Germany – and at Laguna Seca last year -, Dovizioso realises he must target higher in the United States.
Nonetheless, with this and his strong performance around the Californian circuit a year ago in mind, he is confident of a better result.
“Now we go straight to Laguna Seca after Germany and I'm really looking forward to racing there - because it's a unique track - and also because I want to improve on my result from the last race in Germany,” he said. “We are completely focused on getting a strong finish this weekend before we head into the MotoGP summer break.
“Last year I was fast at Laguna and I was having a great race until unfortunately I clipped the plastic poles at the exit of pitlane at high speed and it damaged my clutch lever, which later contributed to my crash. Until that point I was fighting with Valentino and it could have been a good race. But still, this means I'm confident going into the weekend and I know we can be strong at this Grand Prix.
“Dani won the race here last year - and also the last race in Germany on Sunday - and this gives us extra motivation too. The Laguna track is special - very different from the standard of tracks we are used to in Europe, and for this reason it is interesting to race here. I really like the atmosphere, the people and the fans and it's always a pleasure to come to California."