Aleix Espargaro says his Suzuki Ecstar team is determined to return back to its best at Phillip Island after a tricky home event and feels his team are still going through the learning phase on its way back into MotoGP.

The Spanish rider claimed a solid but unspectacular 11th place finish in Japan last weekend in testing conditions at Motegi, a circuit he feels wasn't suited to the GSX-RR.

Espargaro believes the team is over its tricky middle stint of the season and is still learning after returning from a three-year absence in MotoGP but is expecting strong improvements over the final few rounds.

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"Even though in Japan the final result didn't satisfy me I am happy that we found a good set-up and I'm getting my confidence back on my GSX-RR," Espargaro said. "We have passed through a few hard races in the middle of the season but we kept our concentration and finally found a proper way to improve. This is part of the learning process, we knew this would happen this year."

The 26-year-old also hopes to use the back-to-back races to quickly restore some momentum after losing some confidence with the feel of his Suzuki, which will be vital to secure positive results in Australia due to its fast and flowing nature.

"The most important thing is to get the feeling back and be able to exploit what we have at its best," he said. "We knew Motegi wouldn't be easy for us being a stop-and-go track and I'm very happy to go to Phillip Island which is almost the complete opposite; fast, smooth and fluid. These are better conditions to exploit the strengths of our machine."