Spaniards seeking home revenge
Having lost the Spanish MotoGP to Australia's Casey Stoner earlier in the year, the sport's leading Spanish stars are seeking to pull one back at this weekend's race in Catalunya.
This weekend the Circuit de Catalunya will play host to the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship and the second of the season's four races on Spanish soil.
The first, the Spanish GP, was won by Honda's Stoner, who put in a great effort to beat Jorge Lorenzo by just under a second.
However, this Sunday the Yamaha rider is determined to be the man at the front.
"I'm arriving in a good state," said the Championship leader. "I'm very happy, very motivated. It's my home race. I'm from Mallorca, but have lived in Barcelona for a long time.
"It's also a track where I've had great results in the past. I think for the 1000cc Yamaha it could be a good track.
"I hope we have a weekend with good conditions, but if it rains we'll be ok as well."
Lorenzo, though, concedes it won't be easy taking the victory as the Hondas of Stoner and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa are looking strong this year.
"It's been very tough with a lot of competition, especially in the front group with Casey and Dani. The races have a very high pace and are physically demanding.
"To be at the front you can't stop concentrating, you have to be at the limit all the time, and of course not crash.
"To do this is always difficult, but I'm a little bit older and more experienced than the previous years, so this can make it a bit easier."
As for Pedrosa, Honda's Spanish rider is third in the standings on 65 points and is eager to make up ground on Lorenzo and Stoner who are 25 and 17 points ahead respectively.
"It's been a great start to the season, although last race wasn't so good. Last year I missed this one and had to watch it on the TV, which is not the greatest feeling," he said.
"I have won here in the three classes and I aim to get a good result this time.
"It's a hard track, especially for the bike and the tyres; you have to have a good set-up on the bike here.
"As Jorge says, it's important to keep the pace up and be on the limit all the time."