Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha are hoping to put the brakes on Casey Stoner's momentum in this weekend's British MotoGP at Silverstone.
Winner of three of the five races this season - including the last two events - Stoner has now closed to within seven points of reigning world champion Lorenzo.
The Spaniard has been on the podium four times this year, but Stoner's form means Lorenzo is now in need of a second 2011 victory.
Lorenzo took a near seven-second victory, from pole, at last year's Silverstone return to the MotoGP calendar.
"I'm very happy because we are very consistent in the beginning of this season. Now we are going for our second visit to Silverstone, a track I like," said Lorenzo. "Last year was the first year and I made one of my best races; it was almost perfect. I know this season will be tough, but Yamaha and I are working hard and are focused on each race results."
Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg acknowledges Lorenzo needs to win again soon, not least for psychological reasons.
"We're very happy to be going to Silverstone; we had a fantastic result there last year. I think it will be one of the tracks where will be more competitive than we have been," said the Dutchman.
"We are still leading the championship by seven points but we need to do something better to stay there at the front. Of course the podium is our first target but also a win is sometimes very important, for the riders especially, so let's see what happens this weekend.”
“Silverstone seems to be a good circuit for Yamaha, we're going there with very high expectations and good morale after the double podium at Catalunya," added team director Massimo Meregalli.
"We intend to start the right way on Friday and see what we can achieve. Both Jorge and Ben [Spies] have a good history there so I think we will be very competitive.”
Spies finished third last weekend in Catalunya, marking his first podium of the season. The former World Superbike champion took his first ever grand prix podium with third for Tech 3 Yamaha in last year's British GP.
“I can't wait to get to Silverstone and get back on the bike again," said the American. "It's a track I really enjoy riding and where I got my first ever MotoGP podium last year. Catalunya definitely felt like we were starting the season again, everything went smoothly and I felt really comfortable and able to challenge for the podium. We'll be looking to do at least the same in the UK so roll on Friday.”
Spies has just signed a new contract extension with Yamaha, for the 2012 season (see separate story).