Eugene Laverty hopes to make his experience at Phillip Island count this weekend as he bids for his second Open class victory of the season.

The Aspar Honda rider won his maiden Open class race at Aragon on the RC213V-RS but finished outside the points at Motegi in Japan, where rear tyre problems hampered the Irishman as he made his racing return at the Twin Ring Circuit for the first time in eight years.

Laverty, though, is returning to familiar territory in Australia, where he has won before in World Superbikes and is excited for the weekend ahead.

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"This is a track I know and like, and the character of our bike suits itself more to fluid circuits. Phillip Island is the most fluid track on the calendar, even the two slow corners flow, so I am excited about what we can do this weekend," said the 29-year-old.

"The only thing I am wary of is the conditions because whenever I have raced there in Superbikes it has been summer and 30 degrees, obviously this is a different time of year.

"I had a couple of wins in Superbikes but it was more a case of the track suiting the bikes I was on, rather than suiting me as a rider, but I am hopeful it will suit this bike too," Laverty added.

"Argentina was similar and I was still learning the bike back then but we almost made it into Q2. I'm optimistic, also cautious, because you never know what can happen in this championship.

"But after finishing outside the points at Motegi I am hoping to get back in the fight for the Open victory this weekend and getting back into the points."