After a perfect start to his factory Honda career, with victory in round one of the 2011 MotoGP season at Qatar, Casey Stoner now heads for Jerez - a track that has traditionally been one of his 'worst' circuits.

Stoner has only taken one podium - a third place in the 2009 MotoGP event - from his nine previous visits to Jerez in all grand prix classes.

That makes the Spanish Grand Prix his joint least-successful event alongside Le Mans in France, where Stoner also has one third place from nine race starts.

As such, many are eager to see how strong Stoner and Honda will be this weekend, especially since it is a home circuit for his chief early-season championship rivals - team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa finished one-two at Jerez last year, when Stoner was fifth on a Ducati, but were second and third behind Stoner during his Repsol Honda debut in Qatar.

If Stoner can beat them again at Jerez it will be a major psychological blow for the Spaniards.

"In the last few years, I haven't had very good results at Jerez, as I could be fast but in the race things didn't always go my way," admitted Stoner.

"After the good start of this season, we have the chance to complete a positive weekend. The Championship has just started and we have a lot of work to do".

First free practice at Jerez takes place on Friday morning.

 

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