This weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno marks the start of the second half of a season that has been dominated by Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
The Spaniard is currently 72 points clear at the top of the championship standings, having racked up six wins and three second places during the first half of his 2010 campaign.
Another top-two finish would make Lorenzo only the third rider in GP racing's 62-year history to place either first or second in the opening ten races of a season, but the Spaniard was more concerned with the championship during the pre-event press conference, rather than the records he's breaking as the season progresses.
"I like this track very much as it suits my riding style very well and I would obviously like to win here, but my main objective is the championship, so we will see how things go this weekend," Lorenzo told the assembled journalists.
"It will be difficult to repeat the results from the first half of the season, but that's not really our goal. The goal is simply to finish races and get on the podium."
Second to Lorenzo last time out at Laguna Seca was Casey Stoner, who has been on the podium for the last four rounds, but insists he and Ducati are still a long way from victory.
"The results might look like they're getting better, but we are reaching our maximum too early in the weekend and then not improving any further," explained the former World Champion. "We really need to step it up.
"I've been trying to be more competitive with these front guys, but even though it's only a tenth or two a lap, when I try and equal them I make a mistake. I need to find something that is a little more comfortable to ride, so we can go that couple of tenths quicker and maybe up more of a fight.
"Everyone at Ducati is working hard to find improvements, but if we keep going like we have been these last few races it's going to be very difficult."