Maverick Viñales returns to his homeland this weekend for Sunday's 2017 MotoGP World Championship finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

The Spaniard may be out of Championship contention, however he is determined to fight for a podium spot. Having secured third place at the previous round in Malaysia two weeks ago, he is now focusing on wrapping up the season in the best way possible.

“I arrive in Valencia in a very positive mood. After the last three races in Asia and Oceania I've spent some time at home, training and relaxing,” he said. “The Ricardo Tormo Circuit is a track that I really like, it has a lay-out that suits my riding style very well.”

The Ricardo Tormo circuit was the scene of some great moments for the home hero. He stood on the podium in Valencia twice, having secured victory in his first 125cc race there in 2011, as well as in 2013, when he again was the first rider to reach the chequered flag in the Moto3 class, earning him the World Championship Title.

“We expect nice weather for the entire week, so I will try to push and give my 100% to finish the season with a nice podium at the last round. We are already focused on the next season and we also want to work hard during the test next week.”

Maverick's best MotoGP finish was last year, when he took fifth place.