Andrea Iannone is hoping he can repeat his heroics of Qatar and Mugello by climbing the MotoGP podium at Assen on Saturday.

Now third overall in the 2015 standings after another consistent top-six finish in Barcelona, Iannone returns to the scene of his second ever victory in the Moto2 class.

Assen's technical layout requires a great deal of agility in a MotoGP machine's set-up and Iannone is hopeful Ducati's GP15 will suit its character more than the previous models he raced in the class.

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"I have a good memory of this track," he said at the pre-race press conference. "It's really important because this year is a positive moment for me. The GP14 and 13 was a really difficult bike to manage everything.

"I hope this year with the GP15 we improve at this track. For sure we've improved because the agility is so much better this year. I hope it's a good weekend for me and my team."

After finishing a distant fourth in Barcelona, almost 25 seconds behind Jore Lorenzo's race winning Yamaha, Iannone said Montmel? was the first track at which the GP15 had felt worse than the previous year's machine.

Looking ahead to the Dutch TT race weekend, Iannone is hopeful the Ducati team will fare better in the vastly different conditions.

"I hope [I can challenge for the podium], no? I want to fight for the podium every race but it's better to fight for the victory. This year I'm happy for this performance and I hope to improve."

The only man to push Marc Marquez at this track in a hotly contested Moto2 affair in 2012, Iannone sees qualifying as extremely important around the tight Dutch track.

"Suzuki are strong now and they improve race by race. In Barcelona they were good in qualifying and the race. For Ducati this race and weekend was a bad moment. For sure the soft tyre helped me in qualifying. To start from the first two rows is important for the race."