Andrea Dovizioso is hoping for a big improvement at Sepang this weekend after the Ducati MotoGP rider struggled at the Malaysian circuit during the official pre-season tests.

Dovizioso rates Sepang as one of his favourite tracks but the Italian is far from convinced over his prospects on the back of two disappointing tests at the venue in February.

"Sepang is one of my favourite tracks, but the tests in February weren't so good. It looks like our bike didn't work very well on that track, especially because the grip is very low, but maybe the conditions now are different and we can show some improvement," he said.

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"Anyway we're going there always to push 100% and try to have fun with the bike."

Dovizioso is eighth in the MotoGP World Championship, 13 points behind Alvaro Bautista and 10 ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden after 14 rounds.

Ducati has tasted success at Sepang in the past, with Loris Capirossi and Casey Stoner both scaling the top step.