MotoGP rookie Scott Redding is determined to 'stay strong' and focus on trying to win the Production Honda battle in Catalunya this weekend.

Barcelona's long straights are set to punish the customer Honda riders, limiting their chances of a top ten challenge.

Nevertheless, if Redding outscores his fellow RCV1000R competitors by at least three points he will take over as the leading Production Honda rider in the championship standings.

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"Barcelona is not one of my favourite circuits, but with this bike it could be different," said the former Moto2 title contender.

"We will face again another challenge: another new circuit for me to learn aboard a MotoGP, so for sure we will have to work hard in the beginning, but I think we have a good setting now, so hopefully we can try again to be the top 'Production Racer' Honda.

"The two long straights will cost us a lot of time: it's a bit frustrating because you put in so much effort just to see other guys get past you in the straight. However, we need to stay strong and just keep doing what we do."

Redding has scored points in all but one event this season and now sits just two points behind Aspar Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama - Hayden having missed Mugello due to injury.