Reigning Moto2 world champion Toni Elias, who has languished at the tail-end of the timesheets since his return to the premier-class, has been given the 2011 Honda chassis to use for the first time at Catalunya this weekend.
The LCR Honda rider has struggled to generate rear grip this season, with his best result so far being a ninth place in the wet Jerez race.
But Elias insists he isn't feeling any pressure and is concentrating on improving his situation step-by-step.
“Honestly my situation is not the one I was expecting for my home race but I am not worried about that," said Elias, who is 14th in the championship. "I do not feel the pressure: I just want to continue my progression trying to fix the bike step by step.
"In the last three rounds we have found some small improvements but my overall package is not perfect yet so we will continue our set up work to take a step further on my home soil.
"I want to thank Honda for their support so far and for the new 2011 chassis they gave us for this weekend. I will do my best to obtain the best result for me, the team and my fans”.
Elias and Gresini's Hiroshi Aoyama are the only Honda riders using satellite bikes this season. Aoyama is seventh in the championship with a best finish of fourth, also in the wet of Jerez.
After the first four rounds of last season, LCR was sixth in the championship with former rider Randy de Puniet.
de Puniet is also struggling this year and is only 17th in the standings for Pramac Ducati.