Marc Marquez believes is confident that his Honda RC213V will be able to challenge the front of the grid at this weekend's Italian MotoGP at Mugello.
After five races in the new season, Marquez trails World Champion Jorge Lorenzo by five points after the Honda rider battled to 13th place at Le Mans last time around.
Marquez, though, believes improvement in acceleration would make his machine the best one on the grid, before adding that he has the utmost confidence in his team's engineers.
"I look forward to the next two races: we need to focus and concentrate on Mugello and Montmeló, which are two very different tracks from both Jerez and Le Mans," the two-time premier class champion told the media on Tuesday.
"They require more corner speed and if two years ago I would have said that they were demanding tracks for us now I think that maybe they can be better.
"We have work to do but I believe that if we improve the acceleration, our bike is one of the best out there."
"Not easy to get it due to the actual rules that prevent us from working on the engine, but I know that Honda is working hard on every other area of the bike and I believe in them.
"So we remain positive and in Mugello we will go with the podium as a target, but we will see how the situation will shape up and in case we will try to get the most the conditions will allow us to."