Andrea Dovizioso will be hoping it's a case of third time lucky after the hapless Italian was wiped out in the last two MotoGP races in Austin and Argentina.

The factory Ducati rider was controversially taken out by team-mate Andrea Iannone on the final lap at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit as they disputed second place, only for the same fate to befall Dovizioso last time out in Texas, when he was struck from behind by Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa as they braked for turn one.

With two potential rostrum finishes snatched from his grasp, a frustrated Dovizioso is hoping for a big change of luck this weekend as the championship moves to Europe at Jerez in Spain.

"Unfortunately in the last two races I missed out on two possible podium finishes, not through any fault of my own, and this is clearly a frustrating situation that reflects on my position in the standings," he said.

"I am relaxed about it however because I know that in the first three races this season, I've always worked really well with my team throughout the weekend and I have shown that I am competitive on track.

"Jerez is one of the toughest circuits for the Ducati and for me, but I am very confident in what we have and so I'll also be pushing hard in Spain to try and get back on the podium."

Dovizioso is seventh in the championship table with 23 points after the first three rounds courtesy of his runner-up finish in the opening race in Qatar and his 13th place in Argentina, gained after he picked himself out of the gravel trap to salvage three points.