Andrea Dovizioso is in a confident mood with the updated Ducati GP15 heading to Phillip Island which he feels is a circuit he's traditionally struggled with.

The Italian says the improvements made with the new Ducati Desmosedici GP15 has restored some of his self-belief to attack the high speed Phillip Island track which is likely to play to his bike's strengths in straight-line speed, with the circuit holding the record for highest average speed on the MotoGP calendar.

Dovizioso also feels he is going into the Australian MotoGP race weekend with a renewed sense of momentum after two top five finishes at Aragon and Motegi.

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Despite both results coming in slippery conditions, therefore clouding the outright pace of the field, the weather is predicted to be mixed again this weekend which could work to his advantage.

"Phillip Island is not one of my favourite circuits, but with the GP15 I believe that this year we can be competitive, and so it should be a good weekend for us," Dovizioso said. "It'll actually be interesting to see how we will go here because last year I didn't have a good feeling with the bike at all.

"Throughout the Motegi weekend, we did however improve on our performance and so also here we'll be working hard to get a good result."

Dovizioso's best result in Australia is third place which came in 2011 while racing for Repsol Honda, his only rostrum result surrounded by a series of near-misses (finished fourth in 2012 and 2014).