Dani Pedrosa is looking to challenge for victory in this year's Australian Grand Prix as he looks to stave off the threat of Casey Stoner and cling onto third position in the standings.

The Spaniard has endured a mixed relationship with the Phillip Island circuit over the years, most recently injuring his knee in a first lap accident during last year's race.

Nonetheless, despite having also broken his ankles in a crash around the circuit in the past, Pedrosa insists he enjoys racing at Phillip Island and is going into this year's race determined to fight for victory.

"I'm really looking forward to racing in Australia again. It feels like one of the most important races of the season for me and I'm very motivated to do my best there, get a good result and hopefully challenge for the win. I've had mixed experiences at Phillip Island but there have been some very good memories and those are the ones I'll be focusing on going into this weekend.

"The objective for the remainder of the season is to keep third place in the championship and score at least one more victory, so if that can come in Australia, all the better. The circuit is great to ride and the atmosphere is also unique and special. The track itself is a little bit bumpy in a few places and that combined with the really fast curves makes set-up very important because you need to be able to ride aggressively here to go quickly.

"I've had podium finishes in the last two races at Misano and Estoril and this weekend we'll be looking for that little bit extra to give us a chance of winning," the Repsol Honda rider added. "The weather can be unstable in Phillip Island, but it'll be good to get out on track on Friday."

Pedrosa is currently three points ahead of Stoner in the overall standings.