Hector Barbera is counting on Ducati's home knowledge to reassert his dominance on the MotoGP Open class this weekend at Mugello.

The Avintia rider was beaten for only the second time this season at Le Mans, when he finished a season-worst third in class behind Nicky Hayden (Honda) and Loris Baz (Forward Yamaha).

Barbera (recently given a GP14.1 chassis) is now just five points clear of former world champion Hayden (who had a new Honda swingarm at Le Mans) heading into the Italian round.

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"I'm looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix because Mugello is a track I really like and it's also the Ducati circuit," Barbra said. "It's an Italian factory and our bikes have made thousands of kilometres in this track, so they will be working really well.

"In Le Mans the race was not as we expected. We arrive to Mugello highly motivated, I've been always fast there and the bike will work, so we'll give our hundred percent."

After an early fall in his home race, team-mate Mike Di Meglio will be looking for his first points of the season this weekend.

"Mugello it's a really nice track and I like it a lot. Last year with the screamer engine we had was difficult to manage the bike. But this season everything is different and I think the bike will work in Mugello as this is the track where Ducati always test, so they know what is needed to go fast.

"I'm looking forward to see how the bike works in the first practice and try to qualify well as in Le Mans, but this time I want to finish the race and get more experience."