Casey Stoner says this is the moment he needs to start clawing back ground on MotoGP World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo as the fifth round of the season beckons in Barcelona.

A dominant win for Stoner last time out at Le Mans lifted him up to second position in the MotoGP standings, the Repsol Honda rider now 12 points adrift of Lorenzo and primed on the offensive.

Though he hasn't won at the Circuit de Catalunya since his title-winning campaign in 2007, Stoner is sure he will be up at the front judging by the pace of team-mate Dani Pedrosa - will be absent at this event - over the years.

"After such a great weekend in Le Mans I'm really looking forward to going to Barcelona, it's one of the first Grand Prix tracks I rode on and I've always enjoyed it," he said.

"It's a very flowing track and the Spanish crowd are amazing. In the past Dani has proven our bike performs well there, so hopefully we can get there and find a reasonably good set up, fast and be competitive because we really need to start taking back some more points."

Touching on Pedrosa absence, Stoner is pleased to hear his team-mate is on the recovery trail, but disappointed he won't be present in Spain.

"I am very happy to hear that Dani's operation went well and I hope that his recovery time is quick. It's a shame he cannot be riding in his home race, but I really wish him a quick return back to track".

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