Bradley Smith isn't promising a repeat of his maiden MotoGP rostrum from 2014 at Philip Island in Australia this weekend, although the British rider does have the top six firmly in his sights.

Smith, who lost fifth place in the championship standings last weekend to Motegi race winner Dani Pedrosa, finished seventh in the Japanese MotoGP after losing out on the final lap to Cal Crutchlow.

However, the 24-year-old is confident he can fight his way back into the top half dozen in Australia and is feeling confident with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1.

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"I am really excited about heading to Australia as Phillip Island is definitely a track that I have great memories of after my podium finish there last year," said Smith.

"However, I can't promise that I'll do the same again this weekend, but I'll try my absolute best and I am looking forward to the challenge. To be honest I am feeling really confident at the moment because my Yamaha has been working very well at Motegi and my pace in the dry was strong.

"On the other hand, the team did a great job with the setting for the wet conditions and it's fair to say that we have taken some big steps forward in that direction," he added.

"This makes me feel more comfortable in case there could be more wet races in the remaining three races in 2015."

Smith, like most riders, is a big fan of Phillip Island, where the fast, flowing nature of the circuit plays to the strengths of the Yamaha.

"Regarding Phillip Island, I really enjoy riding there and I am sure a lot of other riders do too. Its flowing nature certainly suits the style of the Yamaha which was proven by the result last year - an all-Yamaha lock-out on the podium," he said.

"Still, we need to take note about the weather because there is always a chance of rain with the track being right next to the ocean. Nevertheless, I am primed for the battle and I'll do my best to get into the top six."