It's a big weekend for Repsol Honda pair Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa as they get ready to race close to their home towns, defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo considers it his home round too and Valentino Rossi has fond memories of the track from years gone by. It's the Grand Prix of Catalonia at Montmeló.
Just outside Barcelona the circuit attracts an enthusiastic crowd and as the action nears redbull.com looks through some of the most interesting stats...
The MotoGP rider that has won this round has gone on to claim the title for the last four years...
Head to head
Lorenzo and Pedrosa have now constituted the top two in a MotoGP race 23 times. Pedrosa has been first on 12 of those occasions, Lorenzo has won 11 times. Lorenzo has 25 MotoGP career wins to his name, Pedrosa 24. The margin separating the pair heading into this weekend is 12 points in favour of current championship leader Pedrosa.
Can he reach double figures?
His longstanding crew chief Jeremy Burgess may have said this week that it would be a “minor miracle” for his rider to win another MotoGP title, but can Rossi at least dream of notching up another win? The Doctor is the most successful rider at the Montmeló track – he has nine wins across all classes.
A decade to the day
On qualifying day at this weekend's GP it will be 10 years to the day since Loris Capirossi achieved Ducati's first win in the MotoGP class, at the Grand Prix of Catalonia.
Statistics compiled by Dr Martin Raines.