The hectic European leg of MotoGP continues this weekend as the racing circus heads to the Montmelo Circuit near Barcelona in Spain for the Catalonian GP. The GP paddock now has six races crammed into just nine weeks and the Rizla Suzuki squad are ready for the onslaught.

John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen will be taking to the 4.7km circuit for the first free practice session less than five days since the end of the Italian Grand Prix in Italy.

Hopkins finished a spirited fifth in Mugello last Sunday with Vermeulen close behind in eighth, and the pair will want to keep up the good run of form that the team is enjoying.

Montmelo is a circuit that Hopkins particularly likes and he finished fourth there last season. "I really enjoy Barcelona and I always seem to go well there," commented the Anglo-American, "The track has a bit of everything for me and the 990cc bike performed well there, so I am sure the new 800 also will - it's a huge step forward from last year's bike. I got a fourth there in 2006 and was very pleased with that, but I will certainly be planning to go a few steps higher than that this weekend! So far the season has been real good, but I know we have the package to make it even better!"

Vermeulen too had a strong race last year, and at that time produced his best MotoGP finish by bringing his Suzuki home in sixth. Vermeulen said, "I know the track quite well and have enjoyed it whenever I've been there. It is like a home GP for me really as I live in Andorra and Barcelona is just a short drive from my house - maybe I'll get a bit of extra Spanish support! I found Mugello last weekend pretty tough so it will be good to come to track that I like and try to be competitive from the first session. I am looking for a good result this weekend as we definitely have the bike to do it, as both John and I have shown in previous weeks. We need to keep our good run going!"

The season to date has produced a race win, a podium and ten top-10 finishes - between the two riders - in the six races so far. The Rizla pair are hoping to add to that successful tally.