Britain's Cal Crutchlow says things can only get better after confirming that he will remain with the LCR team in 2017.
Crutchlow is currently 16th in the MotoGP World Championship standings and has only scored 20 points following a string of DNFs.
However, he finished sixth in the previous round in Catalunya and Crutchlow hopes he is beginning to turn the corner this season.
“Obviously I will be with LCR next year and Lucio [Cecchinello] had a clause in the contract that he didn't exercise, which we both didn't exercise, and I will stay there next year,” he said.
“Definitely the start of this season hasn't been to plan and I need to make it three in a row this weekend and finish three races in a row.
“Obviously Barcelona was a little better and we salvaged a sixth place on a tough weekend. We had a positive test on the Monday and we come here to Assen at a circuit I've had some great results at in the past in world championships and a podium in MotoGP,” he added.
“It's a circuit that I like and there's no reason why we can't have a good weekend and maybe start our championship here.”
Crutchlow has noted some small improvements with his Honda and is hopeful further progress will be made before the end of the season.
“It's difficult to see Marc at the front, riding so easy – he looks like he's not even pushing!” he joked.
“It's been a tough start for me but everyone, all my technicians in the LCR Honda team are working very hard and the technicians back in Japan are working 100 per-cent for all the Honda riders. Sure, it's been a difficult start to the year but I think things can only get better.
“The bike seems to have improved a little bit in the last couple of races but I think once they improve, things will get filtered down to us and we'll maybe go a little bit better,” said Crutchlow.
“Towards the end of the year, maybe something else will come as well but overall I'm just focused on this race weekend.”