Alex de Angelis might have reason to feel a little hard done by at losing his Gresini Honda seat.
On the eve of last year's Indianapolis round, Gresini confirmed that it had signed de Angelis for a second year and the San Marinese went on to finish his (18-round) rookie season 14th in the championship with 63 points and five DNFs.
de Angelis returns for this year's 2009 Indy event (round 12) holding eleventh in the championship, with 68 points and not a single DNF - but, like team-mate Toni Elias, knows he won't be a Gresini MotoGP rider next season, with Marco Simoncelli and Marco Melandri already signed.
Alex, who finished tenth at Indy last year, must now hope that his improvement in form can help open doors elsewhere on the grid.
“Indy is a circuit with some fast and technical corners that I think can suit us,” he said of this weekend's race. “Last year we were definitely expecting a better result in wet conditions but unfortunately it took me a few laps to get my pace together. Hopefully this weekend we get better weather and better luck!"
Elias has made clear his unhappiness at once again needing to search for a new team, but did his job prospects no harm by claiming Gresini's first podium since 2007 last time out at Brno.
"I said before the last race that Brno and Indianapolis would be good circuits for us and I have been proven right so far so hopefully I'm right again!” said the Spaniard, who is currently five points behind de Angelis in the championship.
“The podium in the Czech Republic was a fantastic achievement for us but it has been frustrating for me that we haven't been able to show our potential before now. We want to break that top four up on a more regular basis and we know we are capable of it so that is the target from now to the end of the season.
“We have shown our speed, now we have to add consistency to the mix but if we can make a good start on Friday there is no reason why we can't close the gap even more. I love racing in America and Indianapolis is such a legendary motorsport venue. However, all that will mean nothing to me if we don't get a result,” he warned.