Stefan Bradl expects Phillip Island to offer an even better opportunity for the German rider to excel on the Aprilia RS-GP than Motegi, where he narrowly missed out on a place in Q2.

Bradl was denied by only 0.173 seconds by Scott Redding in Q1 in Japan after an excellent performance on the Aprilia and is ready to deliver again this weekend.

"In Australia we are taking on a completely different track than Motegi: Phillip Island is a fast track that on paper looks good for the characteristics of the RS-GP so I'm confident for this second round on the non-European tour," Bradl said.

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"In Japan we worked hard to achieve better consistency in terms of race pace, making good progress, and we would like to continue on this path during practice. After which, I hope we have good weather for the race."

His team-mate, Alvaro Bautista, also showed good race pace at Motegi in practice and feels Phillip Island will serve as a proper test for the Aprilia.

"Phillip Island is a fantastic track where I have wonderful memories since this is where I won my 125 title with Aprilia," he said.

"The turns are very fast and it will be a great test bench for our bike. We need to try to work well from the first day to find a base setting quickly. It will be especially important to have a stable bike that can lap well on those fast turns.

"After Motegi we are strongly motivated because the race didn't go as we would have liked but for the entire weekend performance was good."