Fresh and fully recharged after a well-deserved two-week summer break, the Repsol Honda Team will be back in action this weekend for the second visit of the season to the United States.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in its short history in MotoGP, has been good to the Repsol Honda Team. Dani Pedrosa (one pole position, one victory and one second place) and Casey Stoner (one pole and one victory) have been the last two winners of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Pedrosa won in 2010 with a clear margin of 3.5 seconds ahead of local hero Ben Spies, and Stoner crossed the finish line in first place last year in front of Pedrosa.
This year the engine power of the RC213V 1000cc machines will make a difference on the long straight of 0,872kms. The changes in the asphalt, a very fast first turn and continuous changes in direction are in the DNA of this tight and technical track, world-renowned for the famous oval and the Brickyard.
"I had a very good summer break; in these two weeks I was able to relax a little, enjoy time with friends and get back into my training. At this time of year, Indianapolis is normally very hot so fitness is always key. I enjoy riding at this track and I've had good results in the past. I am really looking forward to this race and will fight to win and maintain the consistency we have showed in the first part of the Championship.”
"After the great win in Laguna, we've had a nice break in the U.S., it's always good to take some time off here and spend some time with some friends. I'm not the biggest fan of Indy, mainly because we don't go on the historical track but the infield and in the wrong direction! The track is very flat and plain, also very tight. There are a couple of corners that can be fun but the majority are difficult, tight and there isn't any natural flow to the track. It's nice to visit a track with such great history but it's a shame we don't really experience any of that. We've had some good results there and won last year, but we'll have to wait until we get there to see how the RC213V will work around there this year.”
Source: Repsol Honda