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.
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.