Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams just loves the Phillip Island circuit and no wonder as, last year, the 39-year-old veteran put the two-stroke Banbury-built Proton KR machine on pole position for the Australian Grand Prix.

In the race, he was predictably swallowed up by the faster four-strokes, but still finished a brilliant tenth.

He returns on Sunday with team-mate Nobuatsu Aoki to ride the 990cc four-stroke machines that have finished the last two grand prix races and, once again, a couple of points scoring finishes is the aim.

"I love Phillip Island and it's a great race track," the Irishman said, "Last year was fantastic starting from pole. This year, it will be very different on the four-stroke, but we are finding some reliability and finishing races. A point-scoring finish will be the aim on Sunday - but there's absolutely no chance of another pole position I'm afraid."

Chris Burns has just one aim on his Phillip Island debut, and that's to finish a MotoGP race. After making a good start at Sepang, he was adjudged to have jumped the start and had to return to pit-lane for a stop-go penalty. When he got back on the track, his Harris-WCM was eventually sidelined with a slipping clutch.

"Everybody tells me that Phillip Island is a great race track, so I'm looking forward to riding there," the luckless Briton admitted, "I hope we can find a solution to the
clutch problem I had in Sepang because I have two races left to get that first MotoGP finish."

Sixteen-year-old Chaz Davies continued to rack up the 250cc points in Sepang. Riding the KF Concept Aprilia, he's scored points in six of the last seven races including a hard-fought twelfth place in Malaysia. The young Welshman now lies 17th in the championship, but is only nine points behind Spaniard Joan Olive, who is five places ahead of him.

"I need to find those points to try and take twelfth place in the championship," Davies insisted, "Phillip Island is a great track - although the weather is more like home! Six points scoring rides in the last seven races shows how we are improving and these last races are very important."

 

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