MotoGP's newest podium winner Bradley Smith says he can head to this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix on a high as he looks to consolidate his form into a late push for a top six finish overall.

The British rider finished third in the Australian Grand Prix to play his part in Yamaha's first 1-2-3 MotoGP result since 2008, the performance also marking a first podium of the season for the Monster Tech 3 team, thus maintaining its record of rostrum finishes that also stretches back six years.

With little chance to dwell on his success, Smith has turned his attention straight to Sepang - the penultimate round of the 2014 MotoGP season - as he looks keep up the good form.

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"After the fantastic podium experience at Phillip Island, I am feeling really optimistic for the next round in Sepang, where I will be pushing once again to be the quickest satellite bike. I have had some good results here in previous years and we undertook a positive pre-season test earlier this year. Therefore we have some valuable knowledge of the track which should enable us to hit the ground running.

"The circuit is one of the best on the calendar and it really is fantastic to ride around with its massive variety of corner styles and speeds, as well as the two long straights. There's always a lot of overtaking but I am ready for the challenge and I fully intend to get into the top six again.

"The weather situation can be a bit tricky in Malaysia, so we will have to keep that in mind for the weekend with some possible showers occurring. Still, I am excited to be back on the Yamaha for the final race in the east and I will be riding at full throttle to get another top finish."

Smith is currently eighth in the standings with two races remaining, nine points behind sixth place Aleix Espargaro and eight points adrift of team-mate Pol Espargaro.