Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa will be making his 100th MotoGP start in front of his home Spanish fans at Jerez on Sunday.
Pedrosa arrives for round two of the 2012 season on top form, having finished a close second to Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo in the opening Qatar night race.
Pedrosa was a close third behind team-mate Casey Stoner and Lorenzo during March's Jerez pre-season test and has finished on the Jerez podium every year since joining MotoGP in 2006, including victory in the 2008 event.
“The pre-season test at Jerez was positive for us, we had good feelings on the bike and finished happy, so I'm really looking forward to going there for the Grand Prix this weekend,” said Pedrosa.
“We need to be very focused and have a good qualifying session in order to start the race in a good position. I love the Jerez circuit and the passionate support of the Spanish fans, I hope the grandstands are full again as it adds to the unique atmosphere there.
“We had a great race in Qatar and to start the season on the podium is important, but we cannot relax, we will be aiming for another strong race this weekend".
Pedrosa's 15 MotoGP race wins make him the most successful rider yet to win the title.