Eugene Laverty remains focused on securing a top ten finish in the MotoGP World Championship with three rounds remaining on the 2016 calendar.
The Aspar Ducati rider failed to score any points for only the second time this year when he suffered a fall at Motegi in Japan.
Laverty endured a weekend to forget after he was fortunate to escape serious injury in the wake of a massive high-side during free practice and is now eager to make amends at Phillip Island in Australia.
The Irish rider was unable to ride to his full potential at Phillip Island during pre-season testing due to injury, but the 30-year-old – who will move back to World Superbikes in 2017 on a factory supported Milwaukee Aprilia – is optimistic he can give a good account of himself this weekend.
“Phillip Island is a track I really like, it's really fluid, and we'll see how this bike works there,” Laverty said. “I was not completely fit when I rode there during pre-season testing so I couldn't really get a good feel for the bike there but the track suits my riding style so we will try for a good result next weekend.”
Laverty is 12th in the championship standings, 13 points behind Spain's Hector Barbera in tenth, who will again ride the factory Ducati Desmosedici GP16 as he fills in for the injured Andrea Iannone for a second race in succession.
Meanwhile, Colombian Yonny Hernandez – who has been left without a ride in the Aspar team next season following confirmation that Karel Abraham will join Alvaro Bautista in the 2017 line-up – is one of few riders who doesn't rate Phillip Island amongst his favourite circuits.
“We go to Australia in the best possible way on the back of a good result in the last race in Japan. Phillip Island is not on my list of favourite circuits but I don't dislike it, it is just another round on the calendar to me. Hopefully, with all the information we have gathered at the last race we can get a good result this weekend.”