Tommy Hill may not have raced at Phillip Island before, but the Althea Honda rider is hoping that some virtual laps will help his aim of a top ten in this weekend's 2009 season opener.

"I can't wait to get racing, this is the best bit," said the Englishman, who graduates to the premier class with Althea after missing almost the entire 2008 WSS season due to injury.

"The Portimao test didn't go completely to plan, with some problems over the three days of testing. My team worked hard to try and solve the problem, and we hope now we have cured this for Philip Island.

"This will be my first race in Australia; the circuit looks fantastic and after many laps on the X-Box SBK Game I have started to learn the circuit. I really want to finish with consistent results, and be ready to fight for strong top 10 finishes, and keep me and my team smiling," Hill concluded.

First qualifying at Phillip Island takes place on Friday.