Barcelona - Spain's Marc Marquez will try to end his drought at the Catalan Grand Prix on Sunday and extend his lead in the world championship by winning his home race on the 70th anniversary of MotoGP.
Marquez was beaten by Ducati's Danilo Petrucci in the previous round in Mugello earlier this month but still managed to stretch his advantage at the top of the standings.
The Honda rider sits 12 points ahead of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, also of Ducati, 27 in front of Suzuki's Alex Rins and 33 above Petrucci.
But, despite being born in Cervera in central Catalonia, Marquez has only once won his local race in MotoGP, in 2014.
"There is always a little more excitement when the Grand Prix comes home," said Marquez, a five-time MotoGP world champion since 2013.