One year after making his Bridgestone debut, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa returns to Indianapolis with nine podiums, including one win, from 16 races.

The inaugural Indianapolis event saw Pedrosa also make his race debut on the pneumatic-valve RCV engine and he finished the storm-shortened race when he had started - in eighth position.

His return to America for the 2009 US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca was far more successful - Pedrosa leading from start to finish for Honda's first victory of the season.

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The Spaniard arrives at round twelve having closed to within 15 points of the absent Casey Stoner for third in the championship standings, following a lonely second place finis behind Valentino Rossi last time out at Brno.

"I'm really looking forward to riding in America again because the last time we were in the States - at Laguna Seca in July - we won the race," said Dani. "A result like that would be great for me and the team and that's what we'll be aiming for, though we know we'll have to work hard for it because our rivals have proved they are very strong in the last few races."

Pedrosa was best of the rest behind Rossi and Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo for much of the Brno weekend, but lost touch with them in the race - until Lorenzo's accident handed him second position.

"I don't think the gap they had at the last race in Brno was a true reflection of our pace compared to theirs though, so I expect we're going to be closer to them at Indy," he said.

"The circuit itself is largely made up of second and third gear corners so it's not one of my favourites to ride, but the venue itself it very impressive," he added.

By contrast, team-mate Andrea Dovizioso enjoys the track.

"This is the second time that we race at Indianapolis and I have to say that last year I immediately found a good feeling with this new track," said the Italian, winner of the 2009 British Grand Prix.

"It's a typical American venue with great facilities and huge grandstands so the experience of riding there is special. I like this racetrack and it will be important for me and the team to have a good result here.

"I was fourth in the last race at Brno but that was actually a little disappointing because I was so close to the podium again, so I'm look forward to getting back on track and putting that right. It won't be easy, especially during the first practice session because it's a different type of circuit and it's not so easy to dial into the layout at the beginning.

"However, I expect us to be closer to the front at this race because the track is quite slow and I think that we will have fewer problems than in Brno where the track amplified our issues. So I'm really looking forward to a good result at Indy," he concluded.

Dovizioso will start Sunday's race just five points behind Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards, the top satellite rider who holds fifth in the championship.