Dani Pedrosa is hopeful of returning to the rostrum this weekend at Sepang in Malaysia.

The Repsol Honda rider finished fifth at Phillip Island after sealing his maiden premier class victory of the season at the previous round at Motegi in Japan.

The Spaniard was 'reasonably' satisfied with fifth place in Australia last Sunday but hopes to make his presence felt in the top three again on the factory RCV at a track where he has won twice in MotoGP in 2012 and 2013.

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His visit to Sepang was marred by a crash last year but Pedrosa, who is fifth in the championship table ahead of the penultimate round, is eager to make amends.

"I'm reasonably happy with the result in Phillip Island but now we are on our way to Sepang and hoping to step back on the podium," he said.

"Obviously we all know this track very well from the testing we do there each year, and understand how physically demanding it is due to the intense weather.

"This track has a bit of everything - fast and slow corners, hard braking and long straights - so it will be important to get a good setup to give ourselves the best chance come Sunday."