Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is confident of having a strong showing at the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend as he believes his bike will be quicker than it was in Australia.
Dovizioso had a weekend to forget last time out at Phillip Island, finishing 13th after struggling with his machine throughout the race.
But, with the GP15 having excelled at Sepang during tests in February, Dovizioso expects to be in and amongst the leaders during the race on Sunday.
"For sure at Sepang we will be quicker than in Australia, because the Malaysian circuit is one of my favourites and in the tests in February we immediately went well with the GP15. We had just debutted on-track, and so I am sure we will be competitive," he told reporters.
"Malaysia always has difficult conditions, with high temperatures and grip, and it won’t be easy to get the right set-up for the race, but I am convinced we will be a lot closer to the front guys.
"I’m also pleased that we are doing a race immediately after such a disappointing one in Australia, because it’s better for my mood!"
Andrea Iannone echoed his team-mate's sentiments and will be looking to build on his third place finish at Phillip Island with another podium finish at Sepang.
However, like Dovizioso, Iannone is also wary of the tough circuit and added that the scorching heat will make things a lot more challenging.
"The GP15 made a positive debut on this track in February and it will be interesting to see how much we have improved throughout the year, and so I am happy to return to Sepang for the race," he said.
"After the race at Phillip Island, we are even more confident, and we go to Sepang convinced that we can also do well there, even though it will not be easy because Sepang is a difficult track, temperatures are very high and we know that the other riders also go well here.
"However we are improving all the time and I too am getting to know my GP15 and its behaviour even better, so I can be even more efficient in the race."