Pol Espargaro feels optimistic he can atone for his late error in last year's Australian MotoGP this weekend on his return to Phillip Island.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was in contention for a rostrum when he came off in the closing stages of the race.

Espargaro suffered a heavy fall at the Japanese round of the world championship last weekend, fortunately escaping injury, and is eager to bounce back on Sunday with a strong result.

"It goes without saying that I am truly looking forward to go to Australia as Phillip Island is an incredible circuit and definitely my favourite track," he said.

"Still, my memories of last year are quite disappointing as I was running in a podium position and so close to scoring my first rostrum in the premier class until luck went against me and I fell not far from the end.

"Yet, I feel optimistic about making amends this season, which I need to do after the challenging time that we had in Japan. Fortunately I am ok after the crash and, of course, I am more determined than ever to get a strong result to get us back on track," Espargaro added.

"The circuit suits the Yamaha so we need to take advantage of this and try to hit the ground running, and we must make the most of the practice sessions in order to get ready for Sunday.

"It really is a great place to be and furthermore, I hope to catch some waves as well before we head to the track."


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