Andrea Dovizioso is setting his sights firmly on securing a second podium on home soil at Misano as he continues his bid to close down Jorge Lorenzo in the overall standings.
The Italian slipped further behind Lorenzo with a fairly lacklustre run to fifth position at Indianapolis, but with just 25 points between the two heading to Misano, he feels he has plenty of time to make up lost ground and challenge for a runners-up spot.
For the moment, Dovizioso is confident he can shine at what will be his most local circuit of the season, the Repsol Honda man determined to add to his emotional Mugello rostrum finish.
“We arrive in Misano after a disappointing result in Indianapolis but we are determined to turn the page and return on the podium. The conditions in Indianapolis were very demanding but we managed to record our fastest time on the very last lap. This shows that we are fast and therefore we arrive in Misano stronger and with an extra motivation.
“We are third in the Championship and this is the important point. We will continue fighting and we will give our best every race weekend, because we believe that second position in the World Championship is not impossible.
“Last year in Misano I finished fourth behind Valentino. This year we want to take the next step and get the podium spot. I'm sure that with the experience gained this year, we can be strong at Misano. I don't live far from Misano and after the podium finish in Mugello I would love to have another good result in front of the Italian crowd.”