After a miserable start to the 2012 MotoGP season, Ben Spies is determined to turn things around this weekend in Catalunya.

The Yamaha rider is just eleventh in a championship led by team-mate Jorge Lorenzo heading into round five, following a string of race day issues.

But Barcelona was the scene of Spies' first factory podium last year and the Texan is confident of a competitive performance in the 2012 event.

"I really enjoy riding this track so I've been looking forward to getting here and getting started," he said. "It's been a really challenging season so far, I really believe this weekend will see a turn around and we can get it back on track.

"As always I'm going to give it 100% to produce the best results possible. We know the bike is competitive so well focus on finding a good base set up quickly and hope we finally have a full dry weekend for everyone!"

Spies has taken a best finish of eighth so far this year.

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