Dani Pedrosa will be aiming to carry his Sepang-winning form straight over to this weekend's Australian MotoGP.

Pedrosa has never taken a premier-class win at the spectacular Australian circuit and saw his 2012 title hopes officially end in an early race fall.

One year on and, despite three rounds still remaining, Pedrosa's championship hopes are even slimmer.

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But he can at least delay Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez's title celebrations if he beats the rookie by at least four points on Sunday, regardless of where second in the standings Jorge Lorenzo finishes.

"I'm very happy with my performance in Malaysia and the whole team did a great job. I've had two days of rest after the race and now we head to Phillip Island and will look to finish these three remaining races as strong as possible," said Pedrosa, who injured his hip in the Aragon incident with Marquez.

"The track itself is a lot of fun - the layout makes for an interesting race - and I'm also excited to testing the new asphalt. I've had mixed results there in the past but I'm looking forward to step up a gear and enjoy the track!"

Pedrosa, winner of three races this season, took victory in the 2005 250cc Australian Grand Prix, but has only made one premier-class podium appearance, in 2009.