British rider Bradley Smith feels Mugello offers an excellent opportunity for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider to 'get back to where I should be' on the MotoGP leaderboard.
Smith has endured a troubled season so far as he struggles to find the best set-up with the satellite M1 with the new Michelin tyres and control ECU, but felt he gained some confidence at Le Mans and was running in seventh until he slid out.
The 25-year-old is now eager to make amends at his favourite circuit on the calendar.
“This weekend we will ride on my favourite circuit and it goes without saying that I'm excited as always for the challenge,” he said.
“The track itself is truly breath-taking and I have ran well there in the past, winning in the 125 class and obtaining a memorable second place in Moto2 in 2011 aboard the Tech3 Mistral 610, plus also finishing in fifth last year.
“Therefore, it would be great to put another solid result on the score sheet on Sunday and get back to where I should be,” added Smith, who acknowledges that it will be tough to compete with the Ducati riders this weekend on their home turf.
“Of course, the top speed factor will be vital at Mugello due to the main straight, and we expect big competition from the Ducati bikes who test there a lot.
“Nevertheless, the straight is just one section of the track, and the Yamaha is suited to the meandering corners so I know that we can be competitive especially after the constructive work that we have done recently,” he said.
“For sure, it was disappointing to fall at the Le Mans race, but I am fully confident of rectifying this in Italy and I can't wait to get going.”