Eugene Laverty has a point to prove
Eugene Laverty will be looking to score points for the third consecutive race weekend, as the MotoGP World Championship heads from the hills of Tuscany to the outskirts of Barcelona at the Circuit de Cataluya for round seven.
The series arrives in Barcelona with Valentino Rossi maintaining a championship lead he has held since round one, but with an ever increasing threat from his in-form Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
The Mallorca ace has three straight wins and another one on Sunday could well see him take over at the top of the table.
Laverty will not be in the business end mix, but the Monaco-based Toomebridge racer managed to score points despite never quite finding an ideal set-up for Mugello.
His objective is to continue his points scoring form this weekend, but almost more importantly to improve his feeling and pace with his Power Electronics Aspar Honda package.
Laverty said: "These past two rounds have been really difficult, so I really want to rediscover the pace we'd shown earlier in the year.
"Catalunya is essentially a new circuit for me, as I haven't ridden there since 2008."
Always having confidence in his own ability, Laverty explained: "I don't see not having ridden there as a big hurdle, as I'll do my homework and prepare well.
"The team are working hard to improve the balance of the bike to help me in the flowing corners and I'm confident that we're moving in the right direction.
"My aim is to regain ground in the Open class battle and fight my way up into the top three by the summer break."
British Moto2 competitor Sam Lowes, meanwhile, is aiming to be back on the top step of the podium this weekend in Barcelona.