MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will be chasing his second Spanish win of the season at Catalunya this weekend, at the most local of his three home races.

Winner in the wet during round two at Jerez, Lorenzo finished off the podium for the first time this year with fourth place in the recent Le Mans race.

The Factory Yamaha rider, who won from pole in Catalunya last year, heads for this weekend's fifth round with a 12-point lead over Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner.

The next best M1 rider in the championship is Tech 3's Colin Edwards, in ninth.

"We are now going straight to Montmel? and we don't even need to take a plane. It is amazing! I am so happy to be here, the closest track to my home," said Lorenzo. "I remember last year's victory and also those in my 250cc days.

"This is a fast track with high speed and slow corners. It is the second race in Spain and I would like to be as fit as in Jerez. I know it's going to be tough; we need to improve a lot because our competitors are very strong and my finger is still recovering from the Le Mans warm-up crash.

"Our aim in this GP will be the podium. We should be focused from Friday, and I am quite confident that the team is ready to fight, as usual."

Lorenzo has made clear that he needs more from Yamaha to take on the factory Honda riders, with Stoner (two wins) and injured team-mate Dani Pedrosa (one win) victorious in the dry events.

Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg hopes Lorenzo can kill-off the Honda momentum, just as the MotoGP season begins its busiest phase.

"We've been missing a little bit of pace so it's a good moment to make a strong statement for the first of these back-to-back races to see if we can make a difference here," he said.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone takes place just one week after Catalunya, with Assen also in June.


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