Aleix Espargaro has his sights set on another eye-catching result this weekend at Phillip Island after impressing in the last two rounds of the MotoGP World Championship.

The Gresini Aprilia rider heads to the Australian Grand Prix buoyed by his seventh place finish at Motegi, which came after he claimed a terrific sixth at Misano prior to the onset of the triple-header of flyaway rounds in Japan.

Espargaro has taken heart from encouraging test results at Phillip Island earlier this year and remains intent on finishing off the 2017 season on a high.

“In the tests at the beginning of the year here on Phillip Island we were competitive and we did a good job. I am coming to Australia to repeat the good weekend we had in Motegi, maybe with a different result in the race,” he said.

“Both the team and I are giving it our all to finish the season well. We have three chances to take home some satisfaction and we will leave no stone unturned.”

Meanwhile, Britain’s Sam Lowes received a much-needed lift as he finished in the points at Motegi in 13th place on the RS-GP and is confident he can improve further this weekend, citing Phillip Island as one of his best circuits.

“The Phillip Island circuit is very Moto2-style – there is only one corner where you have to brake hard, whereas the rest of the track is fast and flowing,” said Lowes.

“It is definitely one of the best tracks for me. I am also optimistic because already in the pre-season tests I felt good here with the RS-GP. After the good result in Japan, I expect to battle for points in Australia as well, hopefully on a dry track.”


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