Title challenger Jack Doohan believes the team have found a fix on the back of his pointless finish in Race 2 at Budapest, but he says that the team will not know whether it works until he gets a period of dry running.

Rain fell during Race 3 at the Hungaroring and is predicted to fall throughout the weekend in Spa, meaning that Trident may have to wait to see their work bear fruit.

“I have had a few issues in the past two rounds and that's stopped me gaining as many points as I’d have liked to, but I have kept learning and improving,” said Doohan, who finished fourth in Free Practice.

“In terms of race pace, I'm quite sure that we found a big element after Race 2 in Hungary that has been going on since the Red Bull Ring.

“So even though I didn’t finish in the points, something good has come from it. I think that will help us massively. Race 3 was wet so we weren't able to confirm it, but in the dry, I think it will help.”

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Doohan believes that Trident solved a problem with his car after Race 2 in Budapest
Doohan believes that Trident solved a problem with his car after Race 2 in Budapest

Despite the potentially tricky conditions, Doohan is excited to race on the historic circuit and believes he can close the gap to Dennis Hauger at the top of the Championship, insisting that the title race is “not over until it’s over.”

The Australian is currently second in the standings, with three podiums and a win, but 63 points off the PREMA Racing driver at the top of the table.

“We have to work to get the maximum points available,” he continued. “I cannot overdrive, but obviously I want to win and get pole position. If the car’s only good enough for P2 or P3, then I have to take that position and not risk making a mistake.

“Spa kind of has it all when it comes to challenges, but I think that’s what makes it so iconic and that’s why I’m so excited coming into this weekend. Sectors 1 and 3 are very high speed here, basically all flat-out - apart from the Bus Stop chicane, which really isn't too effective aerodynamically – and then there’s the crucial Sector 2, which I really, really love.

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Doohan is second in the standings with three podiums and a win
Doohan is second in the standings, with three podiums and a win

“The most challenging thing about Spa this weekend will be the weather and the changing conditions. I just have to focus on what I can control, making sure that I am doing the best job possible. If we can win and take a chunk of points, then that would be awesome. If not, then we will just have to work on improving ourselves for the next weekend.”