The Australian had his lowest score of last season at the 2012 Auckland leg of the series, which came just hours after he became a father.
The 25-year-old recovered from that disappointment to claim the world title at his home track of Torun in October, but he is determined to get the upcoming season off to a flying start this time around.
"I was trying to do it for my friends and family last time, but maybe I was trying a bit too much," he said. "This time I will just go out there and race my bike. Hopefully it all works out for me.
“It would be good to start off this season really well. I’ve done a fair bit of practice and work getting everything ready. It would be really cool if I could get the win.”
He added: “It doesn’t matter whether you win one; as long as you’re at the top at the end. That’s the aim. It would be cool to start off with a few points in the bag, though, and I’ll be doing everything I can to get into it.”
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