Alvaro Bautista insists his second season at Gresini Honda has been more competitive than his first.

That is despite taking two podiums, one pole and fifth in last year's standings - compared with sixth in the championship and a best finish of fourth in 2013.

The Spaniard will have one more chance to break the podium drought in this Sunday's Valencia finale, in front of his home fans.

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"Unfortunately we haven't managed to finish on the podium this season but I maintain that we have been more competitive than last year and we have one more opportunity to show it this weekend at Valencia," declared Bautista.

"It is a decisive race for the outcome of the championship, but I also want to be running at the front and there to take advantage of any situation that could favour us.

"Valencia is tight and twisty, not one of my favourite circuits because you don't get chance to make the most of the power of a MotoGP bike. We will need to work hard on the setting to make sure the bike handles well through the tight sections."

Team principal Fausto Gresini is also pinning his hopes on a last-gasp rostrum.

"So far the only thing missing has been a top, top result but we have been very competitive lately and Valencia is another big opportunity," he said. "Hopefully fortune favours us this weekend so that we can sign off from the season in style."

Bautista holds a 14-point lead over fellow satellite RCV rider Stefan Bradl, with fifth in the championship Cal Crutchlow out of reach.

Moto2 star Scott Redding will join Bautista at Gresini next season, in place of Bryan Staring on the new Honda Production Racer.