Having just missed out on victory during the Malaysian Grand Prix, the in-form Andrea Dovizioso is optimistic he can break his 2010 victory duck in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
The Spaniard has finished on the podium six times this season, including two second place finishes in the last two races, but is yet to reach the top step for Repsol Honda this year.
Now fifth in the overall standings but just two points from Valentino Rossi in third, Dovizioso – whose plans for 2011 are yet to be determined - is confident he can challenge towards the front once more.
“We arrive in Australia in a strong position with two consecutive podium finishes under our belts from two tracks with very different layouts and race day temperatures. This means that we have made a big step forward. We have improved things a lot in terms of set up and electronics, and now we are able to fight for wins.
“On Sunday in Malaysia we finished just two tenths from Valentino, and we need to stay at that level and be consistent. Also, in the last two races there were two different winners, while we have been consistent in second place.
“So I'm confident that we can also be competitive at Phillip Island; a very demanding and technical track, and one of the fastest on the calendar. We aim to finish third in the world championship this season, so we need to score good results in the remaining races. Phillip Island is a very spectacular place; the circuit is very close to the ocean and this makes it unique.
“The atmosphere on race day is always really good because there are a lot of fans who are truly passionate. The real unknown is always the weather as it's always very changeable and it can be really cold. Anyway, cold conditions are not an issue for us so we are very confident for the Australian GP.”