Ben Spies is determined to overcome the tyre issues that have hampered his progress at the final two rounds of the MotoGP World Championship at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

Spies is hopeful of better luck on his works Yamaha YZR-M1 following a 'difficult' race at Sachsenring last time out.

He finished just outside the rostrum places in 2011 with a solid fourth and expects the fast Mugello circuit to play to the advantages of his Yamaha.

"Sachsenring was a very difficult race for us, with the different weather conditions it proved to be hard to find the right set-up.

"Having found something that worked on Sunday we were then unfortunately compromised by a lack of side grip so were unable to ride to our full potential," said the Texan.

"Mugello is a much faster track which should suit our bike well so I can't wait to get started on Friday."

Mugello is one of the quickest circuits on the MotoGP calendar, boasting a main straight over 1km long.

The extra-wide track lends itself to plenty of overtaking opportunities and fans can expect to see some exciting action at the Italian venue.