Although his 2009 MotoGP title challenge remains well and truly alive, sitting 18 points behind team-mate Valentino Rossi with three rounds and 75 points available, Jorge Lorenzo claims his first target for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix is to guarantee at least second in the standings.

The Spaniard, who took his fourth win of the season with a dominant performance last time out in Estoril, enters Phillip Island 59 points clear of third placed Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).

Lorenzo can therefore lose nine points to Pedrosa this weekend - and twelve points to fourth placed Casey Stoner - and still be assured of runner-up in the championship, but his eyes are surely still on the main prize.

"I am very happy after my fourth victory this year and now my target is to confirm second place in the championship in Australia. I have the chance it if I get a lot of points! This has been my aim all year and I will fight to get it as soon as possible," he declared.

Lorenzo won at 'the Island' in his 250cc title-winning years of 2006 and 2007 and, like Rossi, says it is one of his favourite places to ride a motorbike. Last year he just missed out on a podium spot in his rookie MotoGP appearance, finishing in fourth.

"Phillip Island is a track that I love, it's always special to race there and in my opinion it's the most beautiful circuit in the championship, along with Mugello," said Lorenzo. "You are riding at 250 km/h but you can still see the sea and the birds, it's incredible!

"Last year I couldn't get the on the podium but I will always remember 2007, when I won with 20 seconds gap. All my team is confident and determined to get more good results in these two important weeks!"

Lorenzo's team manager Daniele Romagnoli believes Phillip island will be one of the best races of the season.

"This year the championship just keeps getting more and more interesting. After Brno the chances of catching up were very slight but after Jorge's wins in Indy and Estoril there is a possibility, with just three races to go," he began.

"For sure it is still very difficult but we will just continue in the same way - working as hard as we can! I think that Phillip Island will be one of the best races of the year. Between them Casey and Valentino have won here many times but this year we must add Jorge to the frame, this is his favourite track!"

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