Bradley Smith arrives at this weekend's Motegi round full of confidence, following his third 125cc podium finish of the season at the previous round in Spain.
Although the Bancaja Aspar Aprilia rider now has little chance of winning the championship, he is desperate to win at least one 125cc grand prix this year before switching to the four0stroke Moto2 class in 2011.
At last the team seem to have sorted out the power problems that have dogged Smith all season.
“I always look forward to these three back to back races although it's tough on the body with some much flying," said smith. "I've been training in the heat chamber ready for Malaysia and got plenty of big jackets for Australia.
"Let's hope we can continue in Motegi where we left off in Aragon because we seem to have at last sorted the power problem.”