Andrea Dovizioso is confident of carrying his momentum into this weekend's Australian Grand Prix following an excellent runner-up finish at Motegi.
Dovizioso claimed the runner-up spot last weekend out in Japan behind Marc Marquez and the factory Ducati rider is optimistic of another strong performance at Phillip Island.
The Italian rider was disappointed with his race last year at the legendary circuit, where he finished in 13th place in contrast to team-mate Andrea Iannone, who clinched a hard-earned podium in third place following a four-way battle with race winner Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
“It was a really great weekend [at Motegi], but especially in the race the start wasn't so good. I was able to manage everything and I was able to use the tyres in the right way and keep a really good speed until the end,” said Dovizioso, who will be joined in the team by Hector Barbera for a second race as the Spaniard fills in again for the injured Iannone.
“I was very close to Jorge when he crashed. I was able to push a little bit more and fight with him to try and finish second.
“We are very happy because it is very important to come back to the podium with a strong weekend like we did. Now we are at Phillip Island and last year I did a really bad race, but I believe and I hope this year it will be different because the feeling with the bike is better than last year,” added the 30-year-old.
“We changed something on the bike and I think we work better than last year and also with the tyre this year, maybe with my riding style it will be a little better.”
Dovizioso, who won the 125cc race at Phillip Island 12 years ago, says this weekend's ominous weather forecast could have a major impact on the race.
“It is a special place, the track is wonderful and it is really nice. The characteristic of the track doesn't fit in a perfect way my riding style, but it is a really special track. With the wind, it is very difficult to ride the bike ad normally there is a lot of wind here,” he said.
“Tomorrow it looks like it will be wet so anything can happen. Normally we are competitive in the wet so after a good weekend in Japan we will start confident and we will see.”