Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies is one of five Americans who will compete in the MotoGP class at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on August 17-19.
Spies, 28, from Longview, Texas, is in his third full season in MotoGP. He is currently tenth in the championship with a best finish of fourth. Spies recorded podium finishes at Indianapolis in both 2010 and 2011.
Spies will leave the Factory Yamaha team at the end of this season, but is yet to announce his 2013 plans. Valentino Rossi
will take his place alongside Jorge Lorenzo
How has your summer break gone? Any time for interesting vacation spots or fun?
I have really just been enjoying being back at the house and seeing friends and family and catching up on what I have missed the last few months. I have had a good break so far, and I am ready to get back to racing.
You have won a pole and finished on the podium twice in three career starts at Indy. What about this track suits you riding style or the Yamaha package so well?
I think it is a combination, but it also seems to suit my style pretty well. There are a lot of left and right turns where it is pretty physical, and my size helps me out quite a bit. And this year I am looking more forward to it, seeing that Yamaha is a really good bike and we have a lot more power than we have had the last couple of years against the other bikes. We are a lot more competitive and looking forward to a good weekend and trying to get on the podium again.
This season has been a tough one and some weird things have happened: broken sub-frame, broken swingarm, broken helmet visor and food poisoning. Have you ever had a season during your career with so many strange things going on?
No. This has definitely been the worst season so far. But it can only go on so long, and we have been putting together some decent results. And when we have been in position, we would have put in some decent results if we hadn't had failures and basically out of anybody's control.
Out of the tyres, we had a broken seat in the first round and then a swingarm that broke and then the visor problem that I had. It is a lot of problems that are no one's real fault, and it has been a lot of bad luck, and we have also showed good potential, too. So I think when it comes together, we can be right there.