Andrea Dovizioso is looking to put a miserable home race day behind him and return to MotoGP podium contention in Catalunya this weekend.

After qualifying his Ducati on the front row, Dovizioso fell heavily on his out-lap of the morning warm-up, then was forced out of the race when his rear sprocket began to break.

It was Dovizioso's first non-score of the season and means he is now just two points ahead of team-mate Andrea Iannone.

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"At Montmel? we want to confirm the speed we had at Mugello, and I think that the Desmosedici GP15 can also be competitive at Barcelona," Dovi said. "All of our disappointment over what happened at Mugello has been channelled into the determination and desire to get a good result there.

"I really like this circuit, it's one of the best in the calendar and I can't wait to make up for the last race. At Mugello we lost a lot of points in the championship, but we must think positively and I believe that at Barcelona we can fight for the podium once again".

By contrast, Iannone arrives in Catalunya on a high, having defied his recent shoulder and arm injuries to claim a career-best second place at Mugello.

"It's a good moment for me and I am very happy to return to the track and do the next race," Iannone said. "Barcelona is a great track and I've won races there in the past, once in Moto2 and once in 125cc.

"This week I managed to train a bit better and my shoulder is a bit better, still not 100% but it's OK. Despite my physical difficulties, the Mugello weekend was fantastic, so we'll try and do our best also at Montmel?".

Dovizioso finished eighth at Catalunya last season, with Iannone ninth for the Pramac team.